"I was voted in as mayor, not an emergency manager," Bing said
City Council members vowed to do what it takes to solve the city's financial crisis without having to resort to the intervention of an emergency manager.
All nine council members appeared in the 13th floor auditorium at City Hall to show the panel is united. Council President Charles Pugh says the city needs to negotiate concessions from unions and make other cost-cutting moves before entertaining the notion of independent oversight.
Pugh said a group of people has been meeting for the past 1 1/2 weeks to come up with a comprehensive plan to restructure city government to address the city's cash flow problem. The council president said he knows some of the decisions that will grow from the meetings will be unpopular, but it's better than an emergency manager.