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Detroit Auditor General Loren Monroe has recommended better oversight of the city’s operations in the wake of the resignation of former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

In a memo to new Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr., Monroe called for implementing a detailed budget for the mayoral residence, Manoogian Mansion, a log of gifts given and received by the mayor’s office, controls to ensure compliance with the city’s existing travel policy and documentation of expenditures. All were lightning rod issues in various scandals during Kilpatrick’s tenure as mayor.

A more immediate concern for Cockrel was deciding the fate of roughly 125 Kilpatrick appointees. Cockrel said he would consider renewing some appointments. He also said he planned to promote from within to minimize staff upheaval.

Some appointees appeared to have a hard time letting go of the Kilpatrick era. According to a Detroit Free Press report, former Kilpatrick spokesman James Canning came to work on Sept. 19—the day after the former mayor left office—wearing a Kilpatrick T-shirt, shorts, a hoodie and flip-flops.

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