Hearing Scheduled This Week in State v. Troy Lawsuit
Secretary of Sate Ruth Johnson filed a lawsuit on Nov. 30 against the Troy City Clerk Aileen Bittner, saying Troy residents "have the right to choose the city's mayor in February."
A motion hearing in the Secretary of State v. Troy City Clerk lawsuit is scheduled for 10 a.m. this Wednesday, Dec. 12 in front of Judge Denise Langford Morris at Oakland County 6th Circuit Court in Pontiac.
The Nov. 30 lawsuit was filed after the Secretary of State's office and the City of Troy failed to come to an agreement on the process by which to replace former Troy Mayor Janice Daniels, who was recalled on Nov. 6. In the lawsuit, they claim the City has violated state law by not calling a special election on in February and instead choosing to follow City Charter by appointing Dane Slater mayor until the November 2013 city election.
The city has been locked in a battle with the Michigan Secretary of State's office since Council voted on Nov. 21 not to seek further advice from the state on how to replace Daniels. Both the City of Troy and the Secretary of State were also sued Nov. 29 by political activist Robert Davis and Citizens United Against Corrupt Government.
To view the lawsuit and previous correspondence between the city and the state, please see the attached PDF files.