The City of Flint's Blue Ribbon Committee on Governance will hold a series of three public workshops in May to have discussions with Flint residents and collect feedback from them on possible changes to the structure of city government in Flint.

According to a news release from the City, residents will be asked for their opinions and ideas on how to improve delivery of quality services, how to stabilize finances and how to increase accountability of both elected and appointed officials. Residents will be asked for two hours of their time to attend one of these public workshops, each of which will be conducted in the same format. Results from all of the sessions will then be compiled by the Blue Ribbon Committee and then a recommendation will be made to Flint's Emergency Manager Darnell Earley, who will then review the recommendations and decide on a method of implementation. Some of the available options for implementation include ordinance revisions, charter amendments or charter commission.

Workshop dates and locations are:

  • Saturday, May 3rd from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Mt. Cavalry Baptist Church located at 4805 N. Saginaw Street.
  • Saturday, May 10th from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Mott Community College Event Center located at 1401 E. Court Street.
  • Thursday, May 15th from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m at the Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience located at 4800 S. Saginaw Street.

The Blue Ribbon Committee on Governance is compromised of volunteer citizens appointed by Earley to make recommendations on how to improve Flint governance to avoid falling into another period of receivership.