Detroit Seeks $10 Million for Misconduct of Former Mayor’s Girlfriend

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THE MAYOR AND MONITOR HAD "INAPPROPRIATE" RELATIONSHIP

The city of Detroit is looking to recover more than $10 million in legal fees from Sheryl Robinson Wood and her previous employers, resulting from her alleged breach of duties in connection with her appointed role as a federal monitor between 2003 and 2009. The companies named in the lawsuit include Kroll Inc., Saul Ewing LLP and Venable LLP.

Wood was hired in 2003, to be an unbiased federal monitor and oversee two consent decrees related to court-ordered police reforms involving the use of force and conditions in city jails. Wood and her three employers were paid a total of $10 million over the 7 year period to independently monitor the city and act as a court-appointed custodian of documents associated with the agreements.

In July 2009, Wood resigned after the FBI found incriminating text messages between her and former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, showing an “inappropriate” and “secret” relationship between her and Kilpatrick. The messages also showed that Kilpatrick and Wood exchanged information about the consent decrees.

The texts indicated that the couple had met at restaurants and “other places” in Detroit, Washington D.C. and other cities. The text messages, which were not released, spanned a period of about 18 months.

The City of Detroit has been rocked by widespread corruption and scandals in recent years, most of which involved former Mayor Kilpatrick and his associates. Kilpatrick resigned from office in 2008 after being charged with 10 felonies, including perjury, misconduct in office and obstruction of justice. He is currently serving time in federal prison in Milan, Michigan.

The Detroit News

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