Charter Must Ensure Rigorous Checks and Balance, says Kinloch

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    Jonathan Kinloch has served on the Detroit Library Commission and has initiated several programs to increase literacy in Detroit — the city he is a lifelong resident of and a city he believes he can improve by helping to devise a clearer and more empowering city charter for the citizens of Detroit.

    Kinloch also believes that revising the charter alone is not sufficient if council members are not willing enough or courageous enough to use the provisions of the charter for the best interests of Detroiters, and that it is essential for the City Charter to be a clear, concise and binding document in order to accomplish this.

    “The trial undertaken by the Detroit City Charter in recent years intensifies my concern for more checks and more accountability in our city government,” said Kinloch. “The necessity to spell out with more clarity the legislative duties of the City Council and to ensure that there is transparency, accountability and efficiency in the executive branch of government is well founded. The strong mayor system of government as defined by the current city charter must change if the City Council is to be elected by district.”

    Kinloch first gained experience in the workings of city government when he served as an intern to former Detroit City Council president Erma Henderson, who required him to study and to explain the 1973 charter and the function of city government. He also worked with former state senator Jack Faxon and learned how city and state government functioned with each other through the City Charter and the State Constitution.

    “What qualifies me is that I’ve been a student of government since the age of 14. I’ve served on a number of appointed positions as well as elected positions. I also served on the Detroit Board of Education and I’ve been very active in bringing forth good ideas.”

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