Robert A. Ficano

Robert A. Ficano

Robert Anthony (Bob) Ficano (b. July 19 1952, Detroit, Michigan), American politician, is County Executive of Wayne County, Michigan.

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.

He was appointed Wayne County Sheriff in 1983, and elected in 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, and 2000. In 2002, he was elected County Executive, and took office in 2003.

As County Executive, he generated significant controversy in 2004 with his veto of a proposed ordinance to ban smoking in most workplaces.

He is of Italian descent and lives in Livonia.

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.


* Who's Who in American Politics, 1993

External links

* [ Wayne County Executive official site]
* [] (critical 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)

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