Governor's team speaks at Detroit bankruptcy trial

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

DETROIT (AP) — A top aide to Gov. Rick Snyder is objecting to being called a "right-hand man" as lawyers question him at the Detroit bankruptcy trial.

Richard Baird has worked closely with Snyder, but until recently wasn't even on the state payroll. He was paid out of a private fund.

Testifying Thursday, Baird says it's his job to find talented people for state government and others who could step in as emergency managers in distressed cities and school districts. He played a key role in the hiring of Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr.

Unions and pension funds are challenging Detroit's eligibility to remake itself in bankruptcy, claiming Orr failed to hold good-faith negotiations before the July filing.

Earlier Thursday, former state Treasurer Andy Dillon said there was no plan to liquidate Detroit.