Tom Crawford Officially Out As Ann Arbor's City Administrator

Jul 21, 2021

Tom Crawford
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Ann Arbor City Council on Tuesday night approved two resolutions to remove Tom Crawford from his position as city administrator. WEMU’s Lisa Barry has details.


The first resolution asks that Tom Crawford’s employment as Ann Arbor city administrator be concluded on or before September 1st, based on an investigation into comments he made that demonstrate insensitivities on the basis of race, sexual orientation, and other status that caused harm in the workplace. Those comments were apparently made in a text message to a subordinate.

The second resolution, which was also approved, asks that an investigation into those remarks be made public.

In a human resources memo on the matter, it was stated that the City of Ann Arbor has a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination and discriminatory language, and the city has a history of taking strong action against any type of such language.

Crawford will take extended, accrued vacation time prior to his September 1st resignation and will transition his work directly to an interim city administrator to be named in August.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu