BENTON HARBOR, Mich. – There's more controversy in Benton Harbor after the emergency financial manager fired two high-ranking officers. A city commissioner says they did it to save money.
Public Safety Director Roger Lange wouldn't comment on the issue, but City Commissioner Dennis Knowles says it was a move to save money.
Former Benton Harbor Police Captain Dan Unruh did not mince words on Facebook after Tony Saunders, the emergency financial manager, fired him. In a post, he said, "After 36 years in law enforcement, I know I walked out of that station today with my integrity & loyalty to the job, not politics and self-gain like somebody else is currently displaying."
Saunders also fired Deputy Public Safety Director Robert O'Brien. Unruh's post said he was not given a reason for the pink slip, but Knowles says it was all to save money. He estimates the layoffs will save the debt-ridden city about $300,000 a year.