Fmr. Airport Director Turkia Mullin awarded $712k in pay, attorney fees in fight with Detroit Metro

(WXYZ) - Former Airport Director Turkia Mullin has been awarded $712,328 in pay plus attorney fees in the fight with Detroit Metro Airport. 

An arbitrator today ruled that Mullin was wrongfully terminated by the airport board, who swiftly fired her over concerns about her $200,000 severance from her previous employer: Wayne County.

None of the money involved in today's arbitration is public, as the Wayne County Airport Authority does not receive taxpayer money. 

Also in his ruling, arbitrator Paul Teranes denied Mullin's claim that she was defamed by board member Bernard Parker, and he also denied her from collecting punitive damages. 

The Airport Authority Board expressed disappointment with today's ruling and said in a statement that they believe the board took appropriate action in 2011 when they fired Mullin.

The controversy over Turkia Mullin first erupted when the Action News investigators broke the story of Mullin taking a $200,000 payment from Wayne County after voluntarily leaving her job as Wayne County Economic Development Director to take her new position as head of the airport.

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