Governor Snyder, Lawmakers React to Resignation of Andy Dillon

By: Josh Sidorowicz Email
By: Josh Sidorowicz Email

"It is unfair to my family and the residents of Michigan, to allow issues related to my recent divorce and the unfortunate acrimony associated with it to be a continued source of media attention and scrutiny," Dillon said in a statement released Friday. "My family deserves privacy and our residents deserve to know their State Treasurer is not distracted by such issues and events."

The state treasurer says he doesn't want to let his personal problems interfere with his job and so he's stepping down.

Andy Dillon announced his resignation late Friday afternoon citing too much publicity about his recent divorce.

Dillon was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder in 2011 and since then he's overseen changes made to the state's tax system and has helped guide several cities and school districts though financial crises.

Bot not anymore. Dillon's statement released Friday reads in part:

"...It is unfair to my family and residents of Michigan to allow issues related to my recent divorce and unfortunate acrimony associated with it to be a continued source of media attention and scrutiny..."

It's been a tough year for Dillon who has not only been dealing with a very public divorce but has also faced issues with alcohol, checking himself into rehab earlier this year.

But through it all, the governor has continued to throw his support behind Dillon.

"The governor has always encouraged Treasurer Dillon to stay on board to help continue with Michigan's reinvention," said Dave Murray, deputy press secretary to the governor.

"He's done a wonderful job for the citizens of Michigan, he's a tireless worker and he's the kind of guy the governor always wanted on his team."

Murray would not say whether the governor was surprised by the resignation, though others say the writing was on the wall.

"I wasn't surprised," said Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge.

"When somebody becomes so ineffective because they've got personal problems with their marriage it's time to resign and I'm glad he did."

Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing said he was surprised by the announcement.

"Public service is not always easy, it's a lot of hours and a lot of stress," Schor said. "The administration hasn't seen big changes like this yet."

Dillon will stay on his post to help with the transition until a successor can be appointed.


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