No-show politician in Redford Township still takes paycheck

REDFORD TWP., Mich. (WXYZ) - He made headlines as the politician who cussed out a police officer. Now a Redford Township Trustee has caught the attention of the 7 Action News Investigators once again. 

Miles Handy is both a Wayne County Appointee for Robert Ficano, and he's been a long-time elected official in Redford.

But several residents in Redford have contacted 7 Action News – furious that Handy hasn't been showing up for township board meetings for months.

Miles Handy: he's one of those Wayne County political animals who have been around for awhile and he hasn't always been known for making news for the right reasons.

In October of 2010, Handy was caught on tape, dropping the F-bomb 7 times on a Redford police officer who was trying to get Handy to turn the music down at a party at his home.

"Ok, you're disrespecting me a little bit, ok," said the officer.

"You are disrespecting me," said Handy.

"I've been here three times," said the officer.

"They're f****** doing the Octoberfest (Officer: You're violating – that's not a problem) and there's no f****** (Officer : you're violating) Oh – it's no problem if they f****** do it? And I have a f ****** party? That's a f****** problem right," said Handy.

At the time, Handy was running for Redford Township Trustee in a special election.   At the end of his tirade against the cop, Handy took a swipe at his old political opponent – Redford township supervisor Tracey Schultz Kobylarz, who had beaten him in a previous race.

"Tell Tracey to suck my ****," said Handy.

Despite his vulgar language caught on tape, Handy still won a seat on the 7 member township board… earning more than $11,000 a year, plus retirement benefits.

Don't forget Handy has another job as well.  He's also one of Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano's appointees, earning a $100,000 salary as a Senior Executive Project Manager.

So if the voters of Redford wanted Handy to represent them, why hasn't he been showing up for board meetings for months?

Handy was up for re-election again this year and this time, he lost.  Handy came in fifth place in the August primary and ever since then township officials say the trustee has been MIA.

Board records show he hasn't been to a meeting since July and he hasn't attended a full study session since May.

"He hasn't shown up at any of the meetings.  I'm not sure why.  But we haven't seen him," said Redford Township Trustee Pat McCrae.

"Has that ever happened with any other trustees in your past experience," asked 7 Action News Investigator Heather Catallo.

"Well, I've been on the board 8 years, not to my knowledge," said McCrae.

Redford Township officials say Handy has been taking his full salary even though he hasn't been there to represent the residents.

"I think it's important you fulfill your duties, the best you can. Because it's taxpayer dollars. But I don't want to judge anybody until I have some info or credible facts as to why," said McCrae.

While Redford's new trustees were sworn in today… Wayne county officials say Handy is on vacation and not able to talk to 7 Action News on camera.

Miles Handy sent us this statement:

"It's been an honor to serve the residents of Redford Township for 14 of the past 16 years as an elected official. During the past few months I have been going through some difficult private and personal matters, and have not been able to attend the Township Board meetings. As always, I wish the newly elected board members and the residents of Redford Township great success in the future."

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