Turkia Mullin awarded $712,328 in severance from Wayne County Airport Authority

Former Detroit Metro Airport CEO gets more than $700,000 in severance after she said she was fired for no reason

Author: Dave Bartkowiak Jr. , Online News Editor, @DaveBartko, dbartkowiak@wdiv.com
Published On: Apr 25 2013 04:02:05 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 26 2013 10:10:41 AM EDT
Turkia Mullin presser
DETROIT -

The former CEO of Detroit Metro Airport, Turkia Mullin, has been awarded severance from the Wayne County Airport Authority.

She will speak publically for the first time Friday morning about the lawsuit and her settlement. A press conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. It will be broadcast live, in its entirety, on ClickOnDetroit.co.m

Mullin was fired from the position in 2011 amid an ongoing separate severance scandal from her old job with Wayne County. She said she deserves the money because she was fired for no reason.

An arbitrator ruled Wednesday that Mullin will get $712,328 in severance, the salary she would have earned if she were allowed to complete her three-year contract.

Mullin was asking for $750,000 but was denied "because there is no evidence that even if Ms. Mullin was not discharged on October 31, 2011, her contract would have been renewed at the end of the first three year term," the arbitrator's final opinion reads.

Read: Arbitrator's final opinion on Mullin contract

The airport board claims Mullin's contract was invalid to begin with. However, the arbitrator said earlier that her contract was valid.

Read: Wayne County Airport Authority's response

The Airport Authority Board released this statement on Thursday:

"The Airport Authority Board is disappointed with the outcome of the arbitration and continues to believe the Board took appropriate action in 2011 when it terminated Ms. Mullin for cause. It is important to note that this arbitration decision does not impact taxpayers because the Airport Authority is entirely self-sustaining and does not receive tax dollars to support airport operations."

Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano didn't budge when asked about Mullin's win.

"You know, Wayne County's not involved in it. We're going to let the airport respond to is at this point," Ficano said.