Judge restores power to Flint mayor and city council

Mayor Dayne Walling was briefly stripped of his pay and benefits in December of 2011.

An Ingham County Circuit Court judge ruled Tuesday that the state violated The Michigan Open Meetings Act when appointing Mike Brown as Flint's emergency financial manager.

The ruling restores power to Flint Mayor Dayne Walling and city council, who have had little to no power since Brown took over late last year.

Walling says the judge's order will officially take effect on Thursday.

The state Attorney General's office is expected to appeal the decision.

Brown was stripped of his powers last Thursday, after Judge Rosemarie Aquilina issued a temporary restraining order against Brown.

The suit was filed by lawyers representing AFSCME Local 1600.

Walling says he and city council have tentatively scheduled their next meeting for Monday March 26th.

"Everyday there could be a lawsuit, a judge's decision that affects how we operate," said Walling, in reference to the back-and-forth court battle.