CHICAGO -- The emergency manager of Hamtramck, a small town surrounded entirely by Detroit, began implementing her financial plan to revive the city by firing a trio of top city employees and cutting the City Council’s pay.

Emergency manager Cathy Square, who worked with Pontiac EM Louis Schimmel before being appointed earlier this year to take over Hamtramck, laid off the acting city manager, the community and economic development director, and the director of the Downtown Development Authority.

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