DETROIT (AP) — The auto-industry turnaround expert picked to steer Detroit back from the brink of financial ruin had tax liens on his Maryland home, records show.
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, The Detroit News reported Saturday. The 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.
Orr, a partner in the Cleveland-based law firm of Jones Day who represented Chrysler during its successful restructuring, was appointed Detroit's financial manager by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday.
Orr said Friday he didn't know anything about the liens when shown the records by the News. On Saturday, the Washington, D.C., bankruptcy attorney said he now is paid up on state liens.
"It's on me — it's something that fell through the cracks," Orr told the Detroit Free Press.