Software exec. defends hiring ex-Detroit mayor

DETROIT (AP) - The chairman of a Detroit-based software company that hired disgraced former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to work at a subsidiary has defended the decision, despite acknowledging Kilpatrick's "checkered background."

Compuware Corp. executive Peter Karmanos said Friday that Kilpatrick is talented and has a lot of charisma.

He told WJR-AM radio that Kilpatrick is "uniquely qualified" to call on customers - such as state governments - who want to put health care records in electronic form.

Kilpatrick served 99 days in jail for obstruction of justice and assault. His former administration is under investigation for corruption. Karmanos said Kilpatrick could be fired depending on the results of the probe.

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Information from: WJR-AM, http://www.wjr.com


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