Office of the Emergency Manager

Darnell Earley
Emergency Manager

14th Floor, Fisher Building
3011 West Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48202

Phone: (313) 870-3772
Fax: (313) 870-3726

About Darnell Earley

Darnell Early

Darnell Earley, ICMA-CM, MPA
Past President, ICMA (2009/2010)

Darnell Earley was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to serve as Emergency Manager of Detroit Public Schools on January 13, 2015.

Throughout his career, Earley has held numerous senior executive management positions in Michigan. Most recently, he served as Emergency Manager of the City of Flint, Michigan.

Earley’s extensive work in public administration began with his serving as Director of Community Development at the Urban League of Muskegon, Michigan from 1978–1981. He also served as Administrative Assistant to the County Administrator/EEO Officer for Muskegon County, Michigan until 1986. In 1986, Earley was appointed Township Manager of Buena Vista Charter Township in Michigan. From 1988–1992, he was an appointee of the Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, responsible for supervising and directing a 45-member professional staff of policy analysts, attorneys and clerical support personnel, as Director of Research and Public Policy for the Democratic Caucus.

Earley also held the positions of Budget Director and Deputy County Controller in Ingham County, Michigan from 1993–2001. He was appointed City Administrator of Flint, Michigan in April of 2001. Due to a vacancy in the Office of the Mayor, Earley was sworn in as Temporary Mayor in March 2002, and was responsible for the full operation of the city’s services. He served in that capacity until August 2002, and returned to City Administrator until July of 2004. Earley joined the City of Saginaw as the Deputy City Manager/Interim Director of Fiscal Services in August of 2004. In September 2005, he was appointed Interim City Manager. In June of 2006 he was appointed as City Manager where he served until his appointment as Flint’s Emergency Manager in October, 2013.

An ICMA Credentialed Manager, Earley served as president of ICMA the International City/County Management Association from 2009/2010. His other affiliations include being a Life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., former Commissioner on the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, member of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, and a former member of the National Association of County Administrators. While in Saginaw, he served as the Chairman of the Midland Bay Saginaw International Airport, and Chairman of the Saginaw Midland Municipal Water Supply Corporation until October 2013. In October of 2011, Earley was selected by the Western Michigan University College of Arts and Sciences, School of Public Affairs and Administration as its Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award recipient for 2011.

Earley received a Master of Public Administration degree from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State University. He later served as an Adjunct Professor for the School of Public Administration at Grand Valley where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in public budgeting and financial administration, workplace diversity, human services, and organizational development.

Resources & Reports

Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act

2015

45-Day Financial and Operating Plan

10-Point Management Plan

2014

Three Month Report on Expenditures dated January 16, 2014 – April 15, 2014

2013

2012

Six Month Report on Expenditures dated May 2012 – October 2012

Three Month Report on Expenditures dated February 2012 – May 2012

Three Month Report on Expenditures dated November 2011 – February 2012

2011

2010

 

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