Robert A. Ficano
|Robert A. Ficano|
|County Executive Bob Ficano|
|County Executive of Wayne County, Michigan|
January 1, 2003
|Preceded by||Edward H. McNamara|
July 19, 1952 |
|Residence||Dearborn Heights, Michigan|
|Alma mater||Michigan State University
University of Detroit Mercy
He received his BA in 1974 from Michigan State University, and his JD in 1977 from University of Detroit. He worked as an attorney, and was assistant city attorney for the city of Westland, Michigan. He was nominated as the Democratic candidate for Michigan House of Representatives from the 36th District in 1980.
After years as an attorney in private practice in Westland, Michigan, Ficano was appointed to deputy County Clerk under then County Clerk James Kileen. When William Lucas left the office of Wayne County Sheriff in 1983 to run for Wayne County Executive, Ficano was appointed Wayne County Sheriff in 1983, and elected in 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, and 2000. In the history of electoral politics in Wayne County, no one has ever been elected sheriff without being appointed to the job prior to an election. In 2002, Ficano was elected county executive, and took office in 2003.
He is of Italian descent and lives in Livonia. Ficano has long held ties to the organized labor and the UAW in particular, protecting their picket lines while Sheriff and more recently speaking out against Republican interference in the UAW vote at Volkswagen's Chattanooga, TN. plant . His father was a custodian (and union member) in Livonia Public schools and his grandfather worked in the Ford Rouge factory.
Wayne County, which includes the city of Detroit and its western and southern suburbs, is the nation's eighth largest population county, with 2.1 million people.
As Wayne County Executive, Robert Ficano has led efforts to improve the county's park system, remodel and revive the Cobo Convention Center, and lead in job creation. He championed the creation of "Aerotropolis", using synergy from Detroit Metro Airport, Willow Run airport and the area's concentration of manufacturing and logistics systems to create jobs.
On August 5, 2014, Ficano lost his bid for a fourth term term as County Executive as he finished fourth in the Democratic Primary which was won by former Wayne County Sheriff and Detroit Chief of Police Warren Evans, taking just 6 percent of the vote.
Charges against former employees
In May 2012, Laura Cox, a Republican on the County Commission, called for the immediate resignation of Ficano due to corruption charges against his former aide, David Edwards. 
Edwards, who resigned in August 2012 from the department of technology, was charged on 8 May 2012 with one count of bribery. He allegedly misappropriated $13,000 from a county contractor.
- Marlon A. Walker (August 6, 2014). "Warren Evans wins Wayne County executive Democratic primary". Detroit Free Press.
- John Wisely (9 May 2012). "Former aide to Robert Ficano charged in federal corruption probe". Detroit Free Press.
- Who's Who in American Politics, 1993
- Wayne County Executive official site
- Challengers backing away from running against Ficano, Observer & Eccentric newspapers, February 5, 2006
- Ficano Should Round Up Fake Badges, Detroit News editorial, November 11, 2004 (Google cache)
- Ficano Was Right To Veto Countywide Smoking Ordinance, Detroit News editorial, March 31, 2004 (Google cache)
- Ficano Probes No-Bid Deals, Detroit News, June 22, 2003 (Google cache)
- Ficano Bad for Labor, Wayne County Guardian, April 22, 2010 (Record Added)