In June 2011, the DMC was in negotiations with the Mayor Bing's office to loan King to the City to support communications efforts. The communications director for Bing, Karen Dumas, was facing a large amount of public controversy.
On June 27, 2011, the City announced that King would be working as a communications advisor "executive on loan." He is to start July 5.
- Detroit Mayor Dave Bing to tap DMC's Emery King for communications role. Detroit Free Press. 16 June 2011.
- Bing taps Emery King as temporary communications adviser. Detroit News. 27 June 2011.