DETROIT, MI – In a surprising move, the new Detroit City Council did not re-elect previous Council President Saunteel Jenkins. They have elected Brenda Jones as its leader. Jenkins took over after Charles Pugh disappeared amid questionable circumstances. Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr stripped Pugh of his presidency and pay on June 27, 2013. It is obvious that the new council is taking a very different approach to governing the City of Detroit.
Saunteel Jenkins has stated previously that she “mentored” under the leadership of the late Detroit City Council President Maryann Mahaffey. Jenkins, was once chief of staff for former council President. Mahaffey served on the Detroit City Council from 1973 until 2005, from 1990 to 1998 and from 2001 to 2005 as council president. She championed construction and rehabilitation along the Woodward Corridor which today is seeing a major boon in recent years thanks to those early efforts. Mahaffey died on July 27, 2006 from leukemia. She was 81 years old.
The council is mostly powerless under the emergency manager, Kevin Orr. Orr has all the powers of the council and the mayor under state law Emergency Manager Law.
Brenda Jones will serve as the Detroit City Council President for the next 4 years.