Former Troy city manager asks for transfer from halfway house to home due to COVID-19

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published June 23, 2020

 Brian Kischnick

Brian Kischnick


TROY — Former Troy City Manager Brian Kischnick, who pleaded guilty to bribery and was sentenced to serve 30 months in federal prison in January 2019, has requested an emergency motion for a transfer from a residential reentry center to his home due to COVID-19.

His attorney, Anjali Prasad, said in an email that Kischnick’s sentence was reduced for good behavior and other factors. He was released to a residential reentry center April 28.

He began serving his sentence in federal prison March 7, 2019.

Prasad said that Kischnick was originally scheduled to be transferred from the halfway house to home confinement July 23 and to remain on home confinement through Oct. 23.

“None of these dates were impacted by COVID-19,” Prasad said. “As of today, he has satisfied 87% of his sentence,” she said in the June 18 email.

She said that because the residential reentry center residents are on lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kischnick is “unable to attend Alcoholics Anonymous, does not receive the benefit of in-house alcohol abuse treatment, and cannot resume alcohol related counseling with his previous therapists. (Residential reentry center) residents are also not permitted to work at this time.”

Kischnick would be able to do those things on home confinement.

Prasad said that Kischnick asked U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Edmunds to recommend he be transferred to home confinement so he can resume alcohol-related treatment, begin work and continue to move forward with his “reentry plan.”

Kischnick asked that the request be a sealed court document because it contained “personal, private and sensitive medical information,” according to court documents. Edmunds unsealed the request June 15.

According to court documents, Matthew Schneider, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, does not oppose the request.

“Obviously, it is significant that Mr. Kischnick’s motion is not contested by the government — an uncontested motion is extremely rare in federal court,” Prasad said.

Court documents state that, while in prison, Kischnick was diagnosed with “hypothyroidism, an immunodeficiency condition that by its nature makes him more vulnerable to infection,” and the residents in the facility he is in have no ability “to maintain social distancing or engage in hygienic practices that may help avoid exposure to COVID-19.”

In addition, Kischnick developed lesions that warranted medical attention, but has been unable to get needed medication, according to court documents.

A Jan. 18, 2019, sentencing memorandum, signed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Dawn Ison and Schneider, stated that Kischnick used his city office to solicit bribes and other things of value.


Domestic assault charge
The Troy City Council terminated Kischnick’s employment March 11, 2019, following a March 9 domestic assault charge in Clawson, to which he pleaded no contest.

The sentencing memorandum mentioned labor attorney Craig Lange’s June 2016 investigation of Kischnick after city employees raised concerns on issues involving a car accident with a city vehicle, as well as questionable moves involving a vendor, the purchase of phone accessories and the city manager’s car allowance.

“What is apparent from the pages of Lange’s report is the god complex with which Kischnick operated while city manager. He did not follow the rules,” the memorandum states.