Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is by all accounts a successful Washington bankruptcy attorney who, in his words, took on “the Olympics of restructuring” that’s produced the biggest U.S. municipal bankruptcy.
So, what would he rather do if it were something else?
“Ski instructor,” he told a luncheon of the Detroit Economic Club.
And the profession he’d like least?
“Mayor,” he said, to waves of laughter.
Orr answered questions about his role from a moderator and the crowd for about 30 minutes. He urged those attending, including high school students, to “step up” and vocally support reforms he and others are pursuing for a city that struggles to provide basic services.
Orr quipped that he was “a socialist” when he chose the University of Michigan for his undergraduate work.
“I wanted to stick it to the man. Now I am the man,” he said to more laughter.