Kevyn Orr, the bankruptcy attorney whose Detroit credentials set off alarm bells on Wall Street when he was appointed to Atlantic City by Gov. Christie as part of an emergency management team, is leaving the post, the governor's office said Monday.

    In a statement, Christie spokesman Brian T. Murray said: "From the start, it was made clear that Kevyn Orr would lend his expertise as a short-term consultant to Kevin Lavin, who continues to lead all efforts to review and improve the operations, finances and culture of Atlantic City's government to bring long-term stability to the resort town. Kevyn Orr will finalize his work by the end of the month, as the emergency management team continues its efforts to stabilize the city's finances and releases its next assessment report in June."

A press release on the website of Jones Day law firm said Orr would be returning to the firm beginning May 1 "as a partner in its Business Restructuring & Reorganization Practice" and as "Partner-in-Charge" of its Washington office. The press release, spends three paragraphs extolling Orr's work in Detroit, but makes no mention of Orr's role in Atlantic City.
    Orr was tapped by Christie executive order in January, after finishing a stint leading Detroit through a municipal bankruptcy as its emergency manager under Michigan law. Unlike Lavin, Orr was considered a consultant who billed by the hour, but neither his hours or his rate have been released by the Governor's office, despite repeated requests. 
   Orr's involvement with Detroit led Wall Street credit rating firms to almost immediately cut the city's bond rating out of a fear that a municipal bankruptcy could be in the offing, despite assertions from Orr and others that his role should not be interpreted that way. Moody's said the move signalled that the state of New Jersey was changing a long-held policy of not allowing a municipality to go bankrupt.
   City Revenue director Michael Stinson said last week that the city was unlikely to go that route _ though debt restructuring short of bankruptcy seems inevitable _  and would be headed back to the bond market to try to cover a $40 million bridge loan from the state. The city, which lost four casinos last year and saw its ratable base plummet, has about a $100 million gap in its 2015 budget.
   Chris Filiciello, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian's chief of staff, said in a statement: "Since Kevin Lavin and Kevyn Orr were appointed in January to work with us in Atlantic City, both have been very professional and shared their expertise in restructuring debt. We wish Mr. Orr the best in his future endeavors. We will continue as we have since day one to work with Emergency Manager Kevin Lavin on restructuring Atlantic City's debt."
   Murray, the spokesman, said Monday he was working on getting the information on Orr's compensation. Orr appeared at an initial press conference after being appointed by Christie, but has not been in public view since then.
   Lavin has been a regular prescence in City Hall, and has been overseeing a team of accountants from Ernst and Young. He is being paid $135,000 a year. The city's mayor earns $105,000. The two held a conference call with reporters to discuss their 60 day report in March. 

 Lavin is also reportedly in the process of hiring restructuring attorneys to mediate with Atlantic City's unions and creditors, including Borgata, which is owed about $130 million in tax appeal settlements. Murray said Monday that retired New Jersey bankruptcy judge Donald Steckroth had been brought on to the Atlantic City team. "Naturally, legal counsel with exactly this financial expertise would be engaged as part of the ongoing reform efforts underway in Atlantic City,” he said in a statement.