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Former Flint mayor Don Williamson dead at 85

Don Williamson was a colorful and controversial figure in Flint politics.

In 2002, after former mayor Woodrow Stanley had been recalled, Williamson won the mayor’s seat.

Under Don Williamson, the city’s budget deficit swelled, sending Flint’s finances into a downward spiral.   Williamson abruptly resigned in 2009, just weeks before he was to face a recall election.    Years later, Flint was placed under state oversight for its inability to eliminate its budget deficit.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver has ordered flags at city hall to fly at half-staff.

Don Williamson was 85. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting. During his two and a half decades in broadcasting, Steve has won numerous awards, including accolades from the Associated Press and Radio and Television News Directors Association. Away from the broadcast booth, Steve is an avid reader and movie fanatic. Q&A