Detroit files lawsuit to recover $10 million from federal monitor

DETROIT (AP) -- The city of Detroit has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $10 million it spent on a federal monitor who had an improper relationship with ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

The Detroit Free Press reports the lawsuit filed last Friday in Wayne County Circuit claims Sheryl Wood Robinson and her employers charged the city for millions of dollars in work. It says she should have been independent, professional and unbiased in her job monitoring changes at the Detroit police department.

Wood quit the job after text messages revealed the relationship with Kilpatrick, who was mayor until he quit in scandal in 2008 and now is in prison.

Wood's lawyer has said she "conscientiously fulfilled all of her duties."

Kilpatrick said in a deposition in March that he had an "intimate" encounter with Wood.

Published: Tue, May 17, 2011