DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A former high-ranking Wayne County official has been rejected for a lucrative pension that would pay her at least $100,000 a year.

The county retirement system told Turkia Mullin that she fell short of the 20 years of service credits needed to qualify.

Mullin was an economic development official under county Executive Robert Ficano and briefly served as head of Detroit Metropolitan Airport. She was fired in 2011 after news broke that she got a $250,000 severance from the county when she took the airport job.

Based on Mullin’s $200,000 county salary, she likely would have received a pension paying her at least $100,000 a year, if she got the deal, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The 44-year-old Mullin worked for the county only eight years, but pension incentives allowed her to buy credits for six additional years — getting her to 14 years of credit. Mullin also wanted to buy eight years of credits related to military service, but she didn’t qualify for that much.

Mullin has until Dec. 26 to appeal the pension system’s rejection of her application. He attorney wouldn’t comment on what she will do.

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