Robert Ficano Interview: ‘Mistakes Are Always Gonna Happen’

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Robert Ficano announces staffing changes (WWJ Photo/Marie Osborne, File).

Robert Ficano announces staffing changes (WWJ Photo/Marie Osborne, File).

DETROIT (WWJ) – Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano is cleaning house. Ficano has hired former U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Collins as his top aide. He’ll replace Azzam Elder, who resigned Thursday amid the severance pay scandal surrounding Turkia Mullin, who was fired this week as CEO of Detroit Metro Airport.

Speaking live on WWJ Newsradio 950, Ficano was asked if he’s thought about handing in his resignation as well.

“No not at all, because I’ve done nothing wrong,” said Ficano. “I’ve personally … What we’ve been doing is trying to be stewards of the tax dollars.”

Ficano said he’s going to keep moving forward despite the scandal, which has attracted the attention of the FBI.

“The thing I have learned is that … and I’ve always known a couple things in life. Number one, mistakes are always gonna happen. The key is what do you do once you find out about the mistaken, and how do you correct it,” said Ficano.

Will there be some kind of sex scandal coming out of this?  Ficano says no.

Hear Ficano’s interview with Roberta Jasina and Greg Bowman:

Friday, WWJ’s Mike Campbell was out on the streets, speaking with Wayne County tax payers.

“I think it goes deeper than the severance thing,” said Mark Hoerauf of Detroit.  “It’s discouraging … and, quite frankly, it’s embarrassing.”

“Ficano’s name ain’t cleared by any means by this. He has to hire [Steven] Fishman, a high powered attorney, so he’s protecting his own butt,” Hoerauf said.

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