Wayne County Commissioner: Ficano should resign

Feb 16, 2012

Wayne County Commissioner Laura Cox has publicly said that embattled County Executive Robert Ficano should resign.

Cox, the only Republican on the Wayne County Commission, has been one of Ficano’s most outspoken critics.

Ficano has been under fire for months after numerous revelations about huge severance payments to top aides, and other corruption accusations.

The FBI is investigating, and a criminal complaint charging former staffers with extortion and obstructing justice was released this week.

The County’s Human Resources director, Georgetta Kelly, also stepped down this week after a brief tenure.

Ficano insists his office is cooperating with the FBI, and he’s done nothing illegal. But Cox says that’s not the point.

“Either he’s an idiot, or he’s a crook. But either way, under his watch, these things are occurring,” Cox said.

“The bottom line is that these indictments and these resignations are votes of no confidence in Bob Ficano and Wayne County. And that needs to change for the good of the county.”

In a statement, Ficano dismissed Cox’s request as “a partisan attack and political posturing in an election year.”

Wayne County Commissioner Bernard Parker has now also asked Ficano to resign.