Wayne Co. votes to limit payments to departing employees

Resolution calls for end to deals for employees who leave

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DETROIT - The Wayne County Commission on Thursday voted to pass a resolution that would limit payments for departing employees to their earned vacation time.

The resolution's sponsor, Commissioner Bernard Parker, said the resolution will prevent any repetition of past practices -- such as the actions that led to the controversial severance deal with Turkia Mullin.

"Turkia Mullin was done without our knowledge. So, of the 40 or so people who received bonuses or severances in April of last year, we did not know about it," he said. "A lot of this has been done going around the commission. Now we are taking action to make sure it will not happen again and if he were to do it at this point he would be breaking the law."

Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano and Mullin, former county economic development director for the county, have been under fire since news broke in September that Mullin was given a $200,000 severance when she left her position with the county to become CEO of the Wayne County Airport Authority.

Mullin later agreed to repay it and gave the county a check for the after-tax amount of $135,900. Mullin has since been fired from her position.

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