Wayne County Confidential: Government Run Amok

Number 25204
Subject Local Government
Source WXYZ-TV (Detroit)
State Michigan
Year 2011
Publication Date 9/27/11; 9/28/11; 9/30/11; 10/5/11; 10/14/11
Summary This investigation exposed a secret $200,000 severance paid out to a government employee while others endured a 20% pay cut. WXYZ found that the severance was never disclosed to county commissioners, who are supposed to approve all payments of $50,000. The reporting caused the county to cancel 16 other severance payments for voluntary resignations, including one for up to $350,000.
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Keywords severance payments; voluntary resignation; breaking news; broadcast
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