Ficano to teach 2 classes at Wayne community college

Joel Kurth
The Detroit News

Detroit — Days after an ongoing criminal probe helped end his tenure as Wayne County executive, Robert Ficano is set to begin teaching classes in law enforcement.

The longtime executive and former sheriff will teach two classes at Wayne County Community College District during the semester that begins Monday, the school announced Thursday.

"Bob Ficano brings a wealth of knowledge and deep experience with law enforcement and correctional institution management to our students that, frankly, we couldn't find anywhere else," the school announced in a statement Thursday.

"We're excited to welcome him to our faculty and know that his experience will bring tremendous value to our students."

Ficano will make $3,000 per course to teach law enforcement administration and correctional institution management, said Tina Bassett, a spokeswoman for the college.

The confirmation comes two weeks after The Detroit News reported Ficano was weighing an offer from WCCCD but still holding out hope he could get a better job. At the time, the school's officials refused to say whether he had been offered a teaching spot.

Ficano was sheriff from 1983 to 2003. He served three four-year terms as executive before a series of scandals drove him from office. Four former aides and a contractor have pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges, while three former aides face state charges for their roles in an overbudget jail.

Ficano's last day as county executive was Dec. 31. He is succeeded by Warren Evans, a former sheriff.

Ficano caused controversy for authorizing lucrative severances to his former aides, but he left the county with a defined contribution plan. It's estimated to be worth $1.5 million to $2 million and would pay him $65,000 to $96,000 per year if he began drawing it now, The Detroit News reported in September.

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