The Michigan treasury department is replacing Benton Harbor's long-time emergency financial manager, Joe Harris, on Feb. 1 with Detroit native Tony Saunders, a partner with the WYLD Marketing Group.

"Mr. Harris made many difficult but necessary decisions and implemented a number of measures to address the financial crisis in Benton Harbor," deputy treasurer Roger Fraser said in a statement. "However, while much has been done in an effort to return fiscal stability to Benton Harbor, the city remains in a financial emergency and this is an appropriate time to transition in a new direction for the city. We expect Tony Saunders will work collaboratively with city officials, residents and others to move the city closer to local control."

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