Former City Employee Says Flint Mayor Redirected Donations

Flint Mayor KAren Weaver far right with Gov. Rick Snyder at her left

"What this is about is that my client was an excellent city administrator, she did her job well, she did the right thing in reporting what could potentially be a problem for the city of Flint and she was punished for it", says Katherine Smith Kennedy the attorney representing Henderson. Henderson says she was sacked days later.

Mayor Karen Weaver was flanked at the podium at Flint City Hall by Gov. Rick Snyder, federal EPA and health department officials as she urged residents to flush their pipes while the state is picking up the tab.

City spokeswoman Kristin Moore declined to comment on a pending legal matter and directed all inquiries to the attorney Kendall Williams, who is representing the city in this case.

Back on February 9, Henderson met with a city employee who informed her that Mayor Weaver was telling the employee and a volunteer to redirect donations that were being sent to the Safe Water/Safe Homes charity. "She was not sure it was something illegal that was happening". She is seeking unpaid wages and other damages. Though the lead-contaminated water crisis began in 2014, it only came to national attention in December 2015, when Mayor Karen Weaver declared a state of emergency.

The suit asserts City Administrator Natasha Henderson was approached by a city employee "in tears" with fears of going to jail.

It was the Safe Water/Safe Homes, a donation fund for families impacted by Flint's water crisis that was administrated by a local foundation.

Henderson's complaint holds quite a bit of weight considering Weaver ran on a platform previous year with the promise to help restore Flint to former glory, making Weaver out to be a champion of the people-a tactic that made her widely popular.

According to CNN, there is no "Karenabout Flint" PAC registered with Michigan's tax agencies, but Weaver did use the phrase as her slogan during her mayoral campaign and it remains her Twitter handle. It was Henderson's second voicing of her concerns to the authority.

One might be inclined to think that with the months of intense scrutiny of the water crisis in Flint, shady politicians and leaders might be inclined to try to clean up their acts (or at least attempt to be less overt about it) - but clearly, that's not so.

Henderson's termination meeting was closed to the public, in violation of the state's open meetings laws, the lawsuit alleges.

Henderson's lawsuit names the city of Flint and Weaver as defendants, alleging they harmed her reputation and her ability to find employment.

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