DETROIT, Mich. (WXYZ) - With its director at the center of a major scandal, the Metro Airport Board has called for a special meeting Monday afternoon.
The status of Airport Director Tukia Mullin will likely be the hot topic.
Meantime, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano has issued a statement saying the situation surrounding Turkia Mullin has become "an obvious distraction."
The statement reads as follows:
Turkia Mullin is very talented and resourceful, but unfortunately the situation she finds herself in has become an obvious distraction that will continue into the foreseeable future. I am disheartened that the promise the board saw in her has diminished.
My vision for Aerotropolis has always been to have a strong leader at the helm. I believe under the current situation this has been compromised. When the Board meets next week they should proceed with what is best for the continued success of the airport and this region.
The statement is sure to add to the rampant speculation that Mullin could soon be out of a job.
At least one board member says he has already made up his mind if it comes to a vote.
Board member Bernard Parker says Mullin must resign. In fact, he asked her to step down when he met with her this week.
"I told her that I wished she would leave office," Parker told Action News. Parker is also a Wayne County Commissioner.
Parker says Mullin has been meeting with board members this week to reassure them of her qualifications and accomplishments.
"I think she was trying to show me what she has done and what her intent is and what her vision is for the airport," Parker says.
If a majority of board members wants Mullin out, there could be some pricey ramifications.
If she is fired without cause, Mullin collects the full amount of her 3-year contract, about $750,000.
Parker is hoping they can find cause to avoid the payout.
As tension swirls in county government, three Wayne County Commissioners report strange threats.
Commissioner Gary Woronchak reportedly got a letter asking him to remove Parker from the special committee investigating the severance scandal; Commissioner Ilona Varga tells 7 Action News someone pretending to be a reporter called to gauge her stance on high-ranking county officials; and Parker says someone tried to access his work computer from outside the county building yesterday.
"I'm a little concerned," Parker says. "I turned it over to the FBI."
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