Jeffrey Collins starts a new job in Robert Ficano's Office

Former U.S. Attorney Is Now Ficano's Deputy Executive

Published On: Nov 04 2011 09:27:10 AM EDT   Updated On: Nov 04 2011 10:29:00 AM EDT

Former U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Collins is known for his integrity and reputation.

Collins has replaced Wayne County Deputy Executive Azzam Elder's, who resigned from the position Thursday afternoon amid a 30-day suspension for his hand in former county economic development leader Turkia Mullin's severance package.

"One thing I definitely want to oversee is to make sure that the proper checks and balances are in place so the mistakes which happened in the past do not repeat themselves," Collins said.Collins inherits an FBI probe into how the county does business and the aftermath of the Mullin severance scandal.

Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano hired Collins and two others Thursday afternoon -- Zenna Elhasan and Ray Byers. Elhasan is the county's new corporation counsel director while Byers will head economic development, Mullin's former position.