Former Detroit police chief filed for bankruptcy in the 1990s
LANSING – A spokesperson for recently retired Detroit Police Chief James Craig confirmed on Thursday that Craig filed for bankruptcy in the late 1990s, but denied that Craig’s financial history reflects poorly on him as a candidate for governor.
“As a police officer in Los Angeles, Chief Craig used Chapter 13 to restructure his debt,” said Ted Goodman, Craig’s political advisor.
“He paid him off and he was fired. Chief Craig has since successfully managed budgets of hundreds of millions of dollars as the City of Detroit Police Chief.”
The Detroit and Metro Times deadline was announced on Thursday that Craig filed Chapter 13 twice, in 1997 and 1998, while working for the Los Angeles Police Department after being fired as a police officer in his hometown of Detroit.
Craig’s creditors included credit card companies, the IRS and the financial institution that held the mortgage on his house, media reported.
Craig, 64, who retired as Detroit Police Chief on June 1, teased a potential Republican gubernatorial bid to challenge Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2022.
On Wednesday, he told Tucker Carlson on Fox News that he plans to make a “major announcement” about Michigan’s future on the Carlson show next week. He also recently spoke at a Republican event in Jackson County.
Michigan Democratic Party spokesperson Rodericka Applewhaite declined to comment on Craig’s bankruptcy.
Goodman said he believed Whitmer’s “minions” were behind the story. He said such attacks “would backfire on working class Michiganders.”