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Published:September 19th, 2008 16:38 EST
Cockrel picks Green as Deputy Mayor of Detroit

Cockrel picks Green as Deputy Mayor of Detroit

By Garrett Godwin

DETROIT, MI-- Though not yet officially mayor, yesterday Kenneth V. Cockrel, Jr. performed his first mayorial duty yesterday when he announced his choice of Saul Green as Deputy Mayor.  Green will have the responsibility of overseeing both the police and law departments.  What`s important for Cockrel is making sure that Green will focus on two integral things: making sure that the police are in agreement with the federal consent decree and being a liaison to the law department.

Kenneth V. Cockrel Jr.

Green, 60, is praised by others as someone with not only a brilliant legal mind with knowledge of federal oversight of the Detroit Police Department, but also a good enforcer should the federal investigation into the corruption of City Hall produce indictments as expected. 

"He is somebody," Cockrel states, "who has a strong sense of ethics and takes important stands, and he fights for what he believes in."

Green has spent almost 30 years in the judicial system as a federal, state and county attorney that includes a 7-year stint (1994-2001) as a U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan.  He has also been working with the Innocence Project, an organization in which attorneys help their clients such as death row inmates who they believe were wrongly convicted of crimes they didn`t commit by using DNA evidence of the crime.

"He is a man of character, and he will bring that to the city," states Donald Campbell, who was a lawyer for Michigan`s Attorney Grievance Commission, where Green was on the panel that listens to the complaints regarding lawyers` behaviors.

Cockrel will be officially sworn into office as Mayor of Detroit by City Councilwoman Janice Winfrey this Friday one minute past Noon.  But, Cockrel will publicly and officially be sworn into office Friday at 9:30 a.m. on the 13th floor auditorium of City Hall.