Friday, November 11, 2011

Lawsuit: Airport authority broke Open Meetings Act in Mullin firing

The Wayne County Airport Authority violated that state Open Meetings Act several times during the hiring of ousted Metro Airport CEO Turkia Mullin, a lawsuit charges.

The suit, filed Thursday in Wayne County Circuit Court, accuses the board of operating in secret when it formed a search committee to hire the new CEO, for neglecting to keep minutes of its proceedings and for preventing public comment at a meeting.

Robert Davis, a Highland Park school board member and a frequent litigant over open meetings issues, said he filed the suit because “the meetings in which they were conducted should be open for public inspection. I think it would shed light on the issue of the very controversial hiring of Turkia Mullin by the airport authority.”

Mullin was fired last week amid a scandal prompted by the revelation that she received a $200,000 severance payment for resigning one county job for another. That and other business dealings in Wayne County prompted a pending FBI investigation.

Airport spokesman Mike Conway said Friday he could not comment on pending litigation.

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