DTW Airport Director
Fired Threatens Lawsuit
By Mike Mitchell
October 31, 2011 - At 3 PM on Monday, Detroit
Metropolitan Airport CEO, Turkia Mullin was fired for an
undetermined reason. The board of directors voted 5-2 to
end her employment over what appears to be related to
Mullin’s contract supposed parachute contract with Wayne
Mullin had a job with Wayne County, when Mullin was
hired as Detroit Metropolitan Airport CEO she was then
for some reason entitled to a severance package from
Wayne County of $200,000.
As Detroit Metropolitan Airport CEO her salary was $250,000 a year, $35,000 more than her predecessor. It is believed that the Wayne County Airport Authority board of directors when they learned of this did not take this to kindly given recent layoffs and budget cuts.
Wayne County Airport Authority reported the action was
taken after consultation with Airport Authority Counsel
and after considering the information available to the
Board. The Board indicated it will not discuss any
further matters about Mullin’s contract.
The Board has appointed Thomas Naughton to serve as the
Interim Chief Executive Officer until such time that a
permanent Chief Executive Officer is determined. Naughton has been the Senior Vice President and Chief
Financial Officer with the Airport Authority since 2002.
Statement from Mullin - "Since my position as Detroit
Metropolitan Airport CEO was terminated this afternoon,
I feel compelled to express my disappointment in the way
matters have evolved.
Statement from Mullin - "Since my position as Detroit Metropolitan Airport CEO was terminated this afternoon, I feel compelled to express my disappointment in the way matters have evolved.
"Clearly, questions surrounding my severance package should
not have resulted in my wrongful termination.
"Clearly, questions surrounding my severance package should not have resulted in my wrongful termination.I was selected as Detroit Metropolitan Airport CEO following my long career path of hard work, progressive responsibilities, education, public service to Wayne County and accomplishments.
"I believe my
education and experience make me uniquely qualified for the airport
position. I earned a law degree, have years of experience working as a
corporate real estate attorney in the private sector, I am a proud
veteran of the U.S. Army, where I was twice honored with the Army
Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal. Importantly, I have more
than eight years of public service dedicated to economic development in
Wayne County, culminating in the position of chief development officer.
This prepared me to be a strong leader at the helm of Detroit
"I am proud of the
leadership and vision I brought to the Airport, lead by a strategic plan
that focused on improving the physical airport while simultaneously
driving global economic development in and around the airport grounds.
We had a clear vision from day one to improve the traveler experience,
increase traveler and cargo traffic, add airlines and routes and
substantially reduce debt.
"In the last two
months as Airport CEO, working with my team, we have identified and
initiated untapped revenue streams, including a parking initiative that
could easily generate more than $1 million in revenue this year alone. I
have met with numerous developers interested in pursuing a cargo
village. We are ranked 25th in cargo after Ohio and Indianapolis.
Clearly, Detroit is missing opportunities that would generate jobs and
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