DETROIT (WWJ) - The Wayne County Election Commission has approved the language of a recall petition against Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano.
Plymouth attorney Richard Convertino filed the recall petition with the Wayne County Election Office.
Convertino says the reason for the recall effort is Ficano’s approval of a controversial $200,000 severance payment for Tukia Mullen.
In response, Ficano released this written statement:
“For many years, the people of Wayne County have placed enormous trust and faith in me, first as Sheriff and now as County Executive. I have personally always worked hard to not betray that trust. Recent events have caused questions to be raised, which I understand. Those responsible for the mistakes which have been made have been held accountable. Looking forward, I renew my commitment to work ethically and in the best interests of our citizens. Working with our new leadership team and the county commission, additional reforms will be enacted so that our people will have faith and confidence in their county government.
While today’s decision to approve the recall petition language is disappointing, I will continue to work hard day by day to demonstrate to the residents of Wayne County that their trust in me is not misplaced.”
Mullen was a former top appointee in Wayne County who went on to another job as the head of Metro Airport in Romulus. After her severance pay was uncovered by the media, Mullin returned the money. But she was later fired by the Metro Airport Board.
The FBI and Wayne County commissioners are now investigating, and Ficano has since suspended two top aides and fired a contract employee.