Collins new Wayne County deputy executive

Former U.S. attorney and Wayne County judge Jeffrey G. Collins has been appointed as the new Wayne County deputy executive, to replace Azzam E. Elder, who resigned Thursday.

Scandal has shaken the county’s leadership since it was reported that former Chief Development Officer Turkia Mullin received a $200,000 severance payment after voluntarily leaving to run Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

Collins was a Wayne County Circuit Judge who ran as a Republican for a seat on the Michigan Supreme Court in 1998. He lost to current Justice Michael F. Cavanagh.

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Mullin fired, vows lawsuit

Embattled Detroit Metropolitan Airport executive Turkia Mullin has been fired by the Wayne County Airport Authority Board. [The News Herald].

In a statement, she said she was “uniquely qualfied” to run the airport and was wrongfully terminated. She’s hired Bloomfield Hills attorney (and 2010 Leader in the Law) Raymond Sterling to pursue her legal remedies.

FBI to investigate Wayne County over severance packages

Reenactment of FBI entering Wayne County offices. Only not really.

From the Detroit Free Press:

Three teams of FBI agents entered Wayne County government offices in Detroit this afternoon to serve subpoenas for county records.

The agents’ presence comes as County Executive Robert Ficano has retained prominent criminal defense lawyer Steve Fishman to represent him in the FBI probe into a $200,000 severance paid to former county economic development director Turkia Awada Mullin.

County Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak, D-Dearborn, said he was told in an administration briefing that the teams of FBI agents gave the county several weeks to respond, by sometime in mid-November, he said.

“I’m glad they’re here and if they find criminal action then we can deal with that and then move forward and get on with the business of county government,” said Woronchak. “I think nothing else but full open and disclosure is in order to restore the people’s confidence in Wayne County government.”

I wonder if anyone is going to bother looking into getting a copy of that check from Mullin (alleged) returning the money.