Former Wayne County Ficano appointees land lucrative jobs

Apparently there is no shame in Wayne County or Detroit.

After County Executive Robert Ficano was exposed for giving excessive pension plans to his appointees, three of his former aids landed lucrative jobs with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department over the past eight months, the Free Press reports.

The trio will make between $100,000 and $194,000 a year. The highest salary goes to Matthew Schenk, who the department’s new chief operating officer, who also is eligible for annual pension payments from county taxpayers of at least $83,000 a year. He is only 40 years old.

Meanwhile, authorities are investigating whether County Executive Robert Ficano violated federal laws with lucrative pension plans for his appointees.

Despite the costly pensions at a time when the county is losing critical services, Ficano has ignored calls to step down.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.