In reply to "Bring back...", he could have done it without PR and without electric lights to see well what he is doing. But the public is better off if he can see easily what he is doing and if the public can also see easily what is done. Skilled PR can illuminate just as electric lights illuminate.
Governments all over the world need PR, often much more than they now have, because the public is more willing to support needed government action if the public knows what action is needed and why.
Government PR also serves the public interest by spotlighting why false ideas are not needed. Corrective PR by skilled teams helps gets rid of false ideas the way toilets get rid of waste. Corrective PR and toilets may not be appreciated until not functioning--as cruise ship passengers can attest.
So the emergency manager - who had enough trouble running his own funds - is looking to spend the money the city doesn't have on PR help? Yep, this will end well with a lawsuit for non-payment.