The fire and police chiefs of Flint resigned on Friday in what the Michigan city’s mayor, Karen Weaver, called a first step in restructuring operations as it struggles to cope with dangerous levels of lead in its drinking water.

“Mayor Weaver has determined the city needs fresh faces in place with new ideas to help move Flint forward,” said a statement from her office.

Chief of Police James Tolbert and the fire department chief, David Cox Jr., submitted their resignations to Weaver, the statement said.

Flint, a predominantly black city of some 100,000 people, was under control of a state-appointed emergency manager in 2014 when it switched its source of water from Detroit’s municipal system to the Flint River to save money.

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