Michigan Treasurer Andy Dillon, the architect of the state’s takeover of Detroit, resigned today, citing publicity surrounding his acrimonious divorce.
“My family deserves privacy and our residents deserve to know that their state treasurer is not distracted by such issues and events,” the 51-year-old Democrat said in a statement. He said he would remain until a successor is named.
Dillon has been embroiled in a post-divorce dispute in which his ex-wife, Carol Owens-Dillon, said he assaulted her. Prosecutors have said they won’t file charges.
The former gubernatorial candidate and state House of Representatives speaker also has acknowledged bouts with alcoholism. He wasn’t forced to resign by Republican Governor Rick Snyder, who appointed him after winning the 2010 election, according to a person familiar with Dillon’s decision.
Snyder sent an e-mailed statement praising Dillon’s work as treasurer in changing Michigan’s tax system and efforts to turn around Detroit’s finances. The city filed a record $18 billion municipal bankruptcy July 18.
“Andy has demonstrated time and again that he was the right person at the right time to serve as treasurer,” Snyder said. He said Dillon would help choose a new treasurer.
Dillon, who was questioned under oath yesterday in connection with Detroit’s case, led state review teams that investigated its finances. That led to a consent agreement with the city in April 2012, and then to the appointment of an emergency manager in March.
Dillon had helped write the law that gives emergency managers sweeping authority to run cities and school districts that are declared in financial distress.
Prior to his election to the state House in 2004, Dillon was a corporate turnaround specialist as managing director of Wynnchurch Capital and vice president of GE Capital Corp.