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Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointment to the Flint Receivership Transition Advisory Board

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Michael Townsend, of Flint, to the city of Flint Receivership Transition Advisory board.

The board was first named in April 2015 after the city of Flint transitioned back to local control.

“Michael has decades of experience with municipal finances, and specifically the city of Flint’s budget. I appreciate his willingness to serve and lend his insight as the city continues to work diligently on budget stabilization,” Snyder said.

Townsend is the former finance director and budget director of the city of Flint and had served the city since 1997. He has over 25 years of experience in budgetary, finance, accounting and managerial experience. Townsend earned a bachelor’s in business administration from Olivet College. He fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Brian Larkin and will serve as the representative of the director of the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget.

Other members of the city of Flint RTAB include: Frederick Headen, representing the state Treasurer, David McGhee, Mike Finney, and Beverly Walker-Griffea, who all serve as representing members with relevant professional experience. Members serve at the pleasure of the governor.

For more information about Public Act 436 of 2012, the Local Financial Stability and Choice Act, visit the Local Government Fiscal Health page on the Department of Treasury’s web site at www.michigan.gov/treasury.


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