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      Flint Mayor Walling's staff slashed in first move by new Emergency Financial Manager

      Flint Mayor Dayne Walling being sworn in for his first full term in office earlier last month. Several members of his staff were fired today. / Mike Horne

      Flint's new state-appointed Emergency Financial Manager isn't wasting any time. Just days into his new job on Friday he fired four top members of Mayor Dayne Walling's staff. They are City Administrator Greg Eason, Citizen's Service Director Rhoda Woods, and Director of Human Resources Donna Poplar. Brown also confirms Eason's assistant has been let go along with Flint Ombudsman Brenda Purifoy and the Flint Civil Service Commission's Ed Parker.

      Brown also announced today that the salary and benefits of Mayor Walling and the Flint City Council have been suspended. Brown added that it was a "tough day".

      In a prepared statement shortly after the firings, Walling praised each departing member of his staff individually, and then collectively saying, "It was an honor for them to choose to serve with me through very difficult times and, on behalf of the Flint community, I thank them for their service."

      Flint's Emergency Financial Manager was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder.