The auto-industry turnaround expert picked to steer Detroit back from the brink of financial ruin reportedly had tax liens on his Maryland home.
The Detroit News reported Saturday that Kevyn Orr, Detroit's new emergency financial manager, had two outstanding liens on his $1 million home in Chevy Chase, Md., for $16,000 in unemployment taxes in 2010 and 2011. Maryland state records also show that two other liens of more than $16,000 in unemployment and income taxes were satisfied in 2010 and 2011.
When shown the records by the News on Friday, Orr said he didn't know anything about the liens. On Saturday, the bankruptcy attorney said he now is paid up on state liens. He apologized, calling it a "remarkably embarrassing" oversight.
Orr is a partner in the Cleveland-based law firm of Jones Day who represented Chrysler during its successful restructuring. He was appointed Detroit's financial manager by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday.
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