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Saunteel Jenkins chosen as Detroit City Council president

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Detroit City Council President Saunteel Jenkins Detroit City Council President Saunteel Jenkins
Detroit City Council President Pro Tem Andre Spivey Detroit City Council President Pro Tem Andre Spivey
DETROIT (WJBK) -

Saunteel Jenkins is now president of the Detroit City Council. Andre Spivey is the new president pro tem.

"I think the council with everything that's going on right now in the city, we need some leadership. So I'm glad that we finally have leadership in place," Jenkins said.

"I'm grateful they had confidence in me to do the job. I'm looking forward to working as hard as I did before as a council person," said Spivey.

The changes come after Council President Charles Pugh went AWOL, President Pro Tem Gary Brown left to work for Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and Member Kwame Kenyatta resigned.

There was some discussion that Ken Cockrel, Junior would make a strong president pro tem, but he told his colleagues he is not even sure how much longer he will be sticking around.

"I'm in discussions with potential employers right now. I've applied for a couple of things. So there's a question mark in terms of how things are going to play out and when they're going to play out," he said.

Meantime, all eyes are on Orr's meetings with creditors. The bus tour of Detroit's hardest hit areas was canceled because those creditors want to take a look at the books. Orr has indicated he should know by mid-August if the city is headed for bankruptcy.

"Every day is important as we move forward. I don't know exactly what's going to happen with the creditors," said Council Member Brenda Jones.

"I do think that it's probably going to be very soon that we'll know for sure whether or not Chapter 9 is in the future," Cockrel, Junior said.

"Which ever direction we go in, I think council will have a very critical role in making sure that the discussions and any decisions that are being made have a voice and that they're discussed openly for the public to see," Jenkins said.

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