Flint official enters plea to neglect of duty

Posted at 3:30 PM, May 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-04 16:47:39-04

FLINT, Mich. (AP) —  A municipal official in Flint, Michigan, has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge in connection with the city's drinking water crisis.

The state attorney general's office says Flint utilities administrator Mike Glasgow entered the plea Wednesday to one count of neglect of duty.

Spokeswoman Andrea Bitely says under an agreement between Glasgow and the state, the plea's effective date will be delayed for one year. It will take effect if Glasgow cooperates with investigators.

Glasgow oversaw operations of the water plant when Flint switched its water source from the city of Detroit to the Flint River as a cost-saving measure in April 2014.

The river water wasn't treated to avoid corrosion, enabling it to become contaminated with lead from aging pipes.