FBI Searches Mich. Official's Office
Nov. 22, 2002
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DETROIT (AP) _ FBI agents and Michigan State Police searched the offices of the Wayne County executive Friday for documents related to political races and campaign fund-raising, according to a search warrant.
Wayne County Executive Edward McNamara said his staff is cooperating.
``It's perplexing,'' McNamara said of the 15 to 20 law enforcement agents searching his offices Friday morning. ``I just don't see that there's any reason why they might be doing what they're doing. I hope it's not politically motivated.''
The search was expected to last all day, he said.
FBI Agent Chuck Whistler said agents were at the county building but declined to provide details. According to the search warrant, the FBI agents were looking for documents and records related to political races, campaigns and campaign fund-raising.
McNamara, one of the most influential politicians in Michigan, has led Michigan's largest county since 1987, overseeing a work force of more than 5,000 people and an annual budget of close to $2 billion.
He was a Livonia city councilman from 1962 to 1970 and mayor of Livonia from 1970 to 1986. He did not seek re-election this year and will be succeeded by Wayne County Sheriff Robert Ficano.
During McNamara's tenure, the county completed an expansion of Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The FBI has been investigating parking contracts at the airport.
FBI Detroit office, http://detroit.fbi.gov/