Turkia Awada Mullin http://michiganradio.org en Merging Wayne County and Detroit could fix both http://michiganradio.org/post/merging-wayne-county-and-detroit-could-fix-both <p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Everybody knows that former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was thoroughly corrupt. He currently is sitting in jail waiting sentencing in federal court on his latest round of convictions.</p><p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">His political career is dead and his chance at being free is over, at least for years to come. But you can easily make the argument that, at least in terms of cost to the taxpayers, the administration of Wayne County Executive Robert </span>Ficano<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is worse.</span></p><p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Certainly </span>Ficano<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has wasted far more of the taxpayers’ money than Kilpatrick’s grubby crimes cost Detroit. One of the enduring mysteries of state politics is why this man is still in his job. Michigan’s largest county has lurched from scandal to scandal.</span></p><p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There was the case of </span>Turkia<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Awada<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Mullin<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the crony who somehow was vaulted over far more qualified applicants, made head of the airport authority and given a two hundred thousand dollar “severance” to go from one job to another.</span></p><p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 14:48:43 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 14021 at http://michiganradio.org Merging Wayne County and Detroit could fix both Wayne County’s Agony http://michiganradio.org/post/wayne-county%E2%80%99s-agony <p>Some years ago, there was a scandal involving fiscal improprieties at Michigan Public Media, which operates this radio station. When the then-director discovered the suspicious financial practices, he immediately told the University of Michigan about them.</p><p>Then, though he was in no way implicated in the wrongdoing, he resigned, saying the irregularities happened under his watch, and therefore he was ultimately responsible for them.</p> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 15:27:29 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6264 at http://michiganradio.org Wayne County’s Agony Judge: Airport violated state act in hiring ex-CEO http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-airport-violated-state-act-hiring-ex-ceo <p>&nbsp;DETROIT (AP) - A Wayne County Circuit judge has ruled that Detroit Metropolitan Airport officials violated Michigan&#39;s Open Meetings Act during the hiring of ex-Chief Executive Turkia Mullin.</p><p>Judge Robert Colombo on Friday found multiple violations of the state act and issued an injunction against future violations.</p><p>Mullin was fired Oct. 31 by a 5-2 vote after board members returned from a closed-door meeting. She is suing the Airport Authority, claiming it violated the act.</p><p>She took the airport job after resigning in September as Wayne County&#39;s economic development director. She got $200,000 in severance after leaving the county job, but later returned the money after coming under criticism.</p><p> Fri, 16 Dec 2011 20:10:41 +0000 The Associated Press 5437 at http://michiganradio.org Wayne County Airport Authority board chief resigns http://michiganradio.org/post/wayne-county-airport-authority-board-chief-resigns <p>The severance scandal surrounding the now-fired CEO of Detroit Metro Airport, Turkia Mullin, has apparently <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20111107/NEWS02/111107053/Airport-board-chief-resigns-amid-severance-scandal">claimed a member of the airport board</a>.</p><p>Wayne County Airport Authority chair Renee Axt resigned Monday. She issued the following statement:</p> Mon, 07 Nov 2011 23:32:45 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4870 at http://michiganradio.org Wayne County Airport Authority board chief resigns Wayne County Auditor will probe payroll, contract questions http://michiganradio.org/post/wayne-county-auditor-will-probe-payroll-contract-questions <p>The Wayne County Commission&rsquo;s Auditor General will<a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20111102/NEWS06/111020373/-1/7daysarchives/In-Turkia-Mullin-severance-scandal-Wayne-County-s-auditor-general-probe-payroll"> look into some persistent questions</a> about county contracts and payment practices.</p><p>Willie Mayo says the audit will dig into two primary issues. One is how the county&rsquo;s payroll process works&mdash;and whether there are safeguards to prevent some county appointees from getting big payouts.</p> Wed, 02 Nov 2011 20:25:59 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4817 at http://michiganradio.org Cronyism and Wayne County http://michiganradio.org/post/cronyism-and-wayne-county <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">There&rsquo;s a wonderful scene in Oliver Stone&rsquo;s excellent movie Nixon, where the actors playing the president&rsquo;s two heavies, H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, are watching their boss publicly fire an aide as the Watergate scandal begins to unravel.</font></font></font></font></p> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 15:12:53 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 4787 at http://michiganradio.org Cronyism and Wayne County Metro airport board fires Turkia Mullin http://michiganradio.org/post/metro-airport-board-fires-turkia-mullin <p>The Wayne County Airport Authority has fired Metro Airport CEO Turkia Mullin.</p><p>Mullin had a short, controversial tenure. It was marred almost from the get-go by the revelation that she got a $200,000 severance payout to voluntarily leave her prior post as Wayne County economic development director.</p> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 00:03:26 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4779 at http://michiganradio.org Metro airport board fires Turkia Mullin Detroit airport board dismisses Turkia Mullin http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-airport-board-dismisses-turkia-mullin <p>The Wayne County Airport Authority has fired Metro Airport CEO Turkia Mullin.</p><p>Mullin had a short, controversial tenure. It was marred almost from the get-go by the revelation that she got a $200,000 severance payout to voluntarily leave her prior post as Wayne County economic development director.</p> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 18:15:55 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 4771 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit airport board dismisses Turkia Mullin Board meeting could decide fate of embattled airport CEO http://michiganradio.org/post/board-meeting-could-decide-fate-embattled-airport-ceo <p><a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20111029/METRO01/110290366">The board that runs Detroit Metro Airport meets Monday</a>, and the group could decide to remove the airport&rsquo;s embattled CEO, Turkia Mullin.</p><p>Mullin&rsquo;s short tenure as CEO of Detroit Metro Airport has been tarnished by controversy.</p><p>Soon after taking the job, it was revealed she had accepted a $200,000 &ldquo;severance&rdquo; to voluntarily leave her old post as Wayne County&rsquo;s economic development director. She&rsquo;s returned most of the money.</p> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 14:24:20 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4766 at http://michiganradio.org Board meeting could decide fate of embattled airport CEO Metro Airport CEO returns controversial "severance" pay http://michiganradio.org/post/metro-airport-ceo-returns-controversial-severance-pay <p>The CEO of Metro Airport has <a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20111027/METRO01/110270437/1361/Ficano--Mullin-returned-$200K-severance-payout">returned some of the money she was paid </a>to move from one Wayne County job to another.</p><p>Turkia Mullin got $200,000 to leave her post as Wayne County economic development director and take over the airport earlier this year.</p><p>She returned $135,900 this week, saying the rest went to taxes. Her secretary, who also received a severance payment, has also returned the money.</p> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 00:19:11 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4729 at http://michiganradio.org Wayne County's ex-economic development director repays severance http://michiganradio.org/post/wayne-countys-ex-economic-development-director-repays-severance <p>&nbsp;DETROIT (AP) - Wayne County&#39;s former economic development director has returned money she received as part of a controversial severance deal that has led to an FBI probe.</p><p>County Executive Robert Ficano announced Thursday that the repayment has been made by Turkia Mullin.</p><p>The severance deal was for $200,000. Mullin received $135,900 after taxes last month after she left her old job to run Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus.</p><p>Ficano has fired a part-time employee and placed the county&#39;s corporation counsel and a deputy executive on 30-day suspension after an internal investigation into the severance deal. He earlier<br />defended Mullin&#39;s severance deal, but later said protocol was not followed.</p><p>Federal agents have since gotten involved, serving subpoenas this month seeking records.</p><p>County commissioners are meeting Thursday and looking into the payout to Mullin. Thu, 27 Oct 2011 17:15:12 +0000 The Associated Press 4721 at http://michiganradio.org Recall petition filed against Wayne County Executive Ficano http://michiganradio.org/post/recall-petition-filed-against-wayne-county-executive-ficano <p>Troubles are mounting for Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano. A federal investigation and a recall effort are now under way.<span style="font-weight: bold;"> </span></p><p>An outcry over a 200-thousand-dollar payout given to Wayne County&rsquo;s former development director is being investigated by the FBI, which served subpoenas this week asking for information about Turkia Mullin&rsquo;s severance pay.</p><p>On Thursday, Ficano ended severance payments for all political appointees.</p><p>But Wayne County Commissioner Bernard Parker said there are still unanswered questions about the commission&rsquo;s responsibilities:</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;"><em>&quot;Do we have anything to do with the contracts for personnel? The administration says no,&quot;</em> Parker said. <em>&quot;We think we should. Should all contracts come to us to be approved? &nbsp;Again, there&rsquo;s a difference on that.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Former federal prosecutor Richard Convertino is leading the effort to recall Ficano.</p><p>Convertino, an attorney from Plymouth, represents a man who filed a whistleblower suit against Wayne County. Fri, 21 Oct 2011 20:06:07 +0000 Rina Miller 4670 at http://michiganradio.org Recall petition filed against Wayne County Executive Ficano FBI investigation could slow other probes into Wayne County severance scandal http://michiganradio.org/post/fbi-investigation-could-slow-other-probes-wayne-county-severance-scandal <p>A new FBI probe into Wayne County government may hamper the County Commissions&rsquo; effort to investigate the compensation of appointed employees.</p><p>The Commission&rsquo;s Special Committee on appointee compensation met again Thursday. They expected to hear about an internal review by County Executive Robert Ficano&rsquo;s office.</p><p>That review is looking into how former economic development director Turkia Awada Mullin got a $200,000 severance to leave that and become CEO of the Wayne County Airport Authority. She has since agreed to return the money. Fri, 21 Oct 2011 19:23:52 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4666 at http://michiganradio.org FBI investigation could slow other probes into Wayne County severance scandal FBI to probe Wayne County severance deal http://michiganradio.org/post/fbi-probe-wayne-county-severance-deal <p>The FBI is investigating a $200,000 severance deal given to former Wayne County development director Turkia Mullin.</p><p>Michigan Attorney General spokesman John Sellek confirmed Tuesday that the FBI is looking into the deal.</p><p>Sellek said Attorney General Bill Schuette <em>&quot;has full faith in the FBI to conduct a thorough investigation.&quot;</em></p><p>Mullin received the payout after leaving her old job to take over as chief executive of Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The county owns the airport in Romulus, 10 miles west of Detroit.</p><p>Her new job pays $250,000.</p><p>Wayne County faces a $160 million accumulated budget deficit.</p><p>Mullin originally said she would not return the money, but changed her mind following a call with County Executive Robert Ficano.</p><p>Ficano said last week that protocol was not followed in approving Mullin&#39;s severance. Tue, 18 Oct 2011 19:59:57 +0000 The Associated Press 4625 at http://michiganradio.org FBI to probe Wayne County severance deal Controversy over Wayne County severance not going away http://michiganradio.org/post/controversy-over-wayne-county-severance-not-going-away <p>The controversy over a lucrative payout to one of Wayne County&rsquo;s top appointees does not look like it will end anytime soon. Wayne County Commissioners plan to question officials about the $200,000 severance this week.</p><p>&quot;I&rsquo;m not going to assume this is a frequent occurrence, but I am going to say that we&rsquo;re going to ask all the right questions, and find out every single one that&rsquo;s ever been done,&quot; said Commissioner Gary Woronchak.</p><p>Turkia Mullin was awarded the &ldquo;severance&rdquo; payment when she voluntarily left her county job to head the county airport authority.</p><p>Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano announced last week that he suspended two aides and fired a contract employee for the payout. He also apologized to county residents.</p><p>Yesterday, about two dozen activists reportedly protested outside the Wayne County offices, demanding a state investigation. Tue, 18 Oct 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 4612 at http://michiganradio.org Ficano: 2 suspended over controversial payout http://michiganradio.org/post/ficano-2-suspended-over-controversial-payout <p>Two Wayne County appointees have been suspended over the $200,000 payout to a former economic development chief.</p><p>County Executive Bob Ficano says proper protocols were not followed when Turkia Mullin was awarded the &ldquo;severance&rdquo; payment when she voluntarily left her county job.</p><p><em>&quot;I&rsquo;m holding those who made errors in judgment accountable for their actions,&quot;</em> Ficano said. <em>&quot;Mistakes have consequences.&quot;</em></p><p>Deputy Executive Azzam&nbsp;Elder and the county&rsquo;s head lawyer, Marianne Talon, have been suspended without pay for 30 days. Tim Taylor, the county&#39;s former human resources director, was also sanctioned. Taylor is retired, but had a part-time contract with the county. That contract has been terminated.</p><p>Ficano says the county should never have paid a severance to an appointee who left voluntarily. That&rsquo;s despite the fact that he initially defended the payment.</p><p>County officials say Turkia Mullin will return the money. Fri, 14 Oct 2011 21:51:04 +0000 Sarah Hulett 4597 at http://michiganradio.org Ficano: 2 suspended over controversial payout Unclear contract, muddled legal issues about controversial Wayne County "severance package" http://michiganradio.org/post/unclear-contract-muddled-legal-issues-about-controversial-wayne-county-severance-package <p>The revelation that Wayne County paid its former economic development chief a $200,000 &ldquo;severance package&rdquo; to take another, better-paying county job has raised a lot of eyebrows.</p><p>It&rsquo;s also raised questions about whether the payment to now-Metro Airport CEO Turkia Awada Mullin violated the law.</p> Thu, 06 Oct 2011 17:27:11 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4469 at http://michiganradio.org Unclear contract, muddled legal issues about controversial Wayne County "severance package" Wayne County says Mullin's secretary received more than $15K severance http://michiganradio.org/post/wayne-county-says-mullins-secretary-received-more-15k-severance <p>And the controversial Wayne County severance story continues... Now there&#39;s news that Turkia Mullin&#39;s secretary, Sheri Galofaro-Mendez, also received a severance when following her boss to her new post.</p><p>From the <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20111004/METRO01/110040391/Ficano-says-no-more-Mullin-like-severance-deals-for-county#ixzz1ZpD0xtLJ">Detroit News</a>:</p><blockquote><p>While apologizing for a controversy over a $200,000 severance to the county&#39;s former economic development czar, county officials admitted Tuesday that her executive assistant, Sheri Galofaro-Mendez, got a $15,600 severance from the Wayne County Economic Development Growth Engine, or EDGE, when she left in September.</p><p>Galofaro-Mendez followed Mullin when she became director of the Detroit Metropolitan Airport and is now her executive assistant. Galofaro-Mendez also has agreed to follow Mullin&#39;s lead and return the money, said Alan Helmkamp, a county assistant executive. Tue, 04 Oct 2011 16:38:39 +0000 Mark Brush 4431 at http://michiganradio.org Metro Airport CEO will return controversial "severance package" http://michiganradio.org/post/metro-airport-ceo-will-return-controversial-severance-package <div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;"><p>The new Detroit Metro Airport CEO says she&#39;ll <a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20110930/METRO/109300437/Wayne-County-official-Mullin-to-return-$200-000-severance">return the $200,000 severance package</a> that has erupted into a major controversy.</p> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 23:48:31 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4397 at http://michiganradio.org Metro Airport CEO will return controversial "severance package" Let Them Eat Cake http://michiganradio.org/post/let-them-eat-cake <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">A while ago, somebody asked me what the biggest thing was that I had learned from a lifetime in journalism.</font></font></font></font></p> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 15:32:26 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 4362 at http://michiganradio.org Let Them Eat Cake