Top Lawyer at General Motors Retires

GM CEO Mary Barra and General Counsel Michael Millikin arrive to testify at a Senate hearing in July on GM's handling of recalls. Senators demanded GM fire Millikin. (Photo: H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY)
GM CEO Mary Barra and General Counsel Michael Millikin arrive to testify at a Senate hearing in July on GM’s handling of recalls. Senators demanded GM fire Millikin.
(Photo: H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY)

General Motors’ top legal official, a controversial figure in the delayed recall of 2.6 million cars for a deadly ignition switch flaw, is retiring.

Chief Counsel Michael Millikin, 66, leaves once GM can find a replacement, the automaker announced Friday.

Millikin was a target of Capitol Hill vitriol during Congressional hearings this year on GM’s tardy recalls of 2.6 million 2003-2011 small cars for the ignition switch flaw,

GM said it wasn’t easing him out as a reaction to Congressional criticism.

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GM CEO Mary Barra said in a statement Friday. “I find him a man of impeccable integrity, respectful candor, and unwavering loyalty. He will be missed.”

He has been eligible to retire with full GM benefits for years, but stayed on until now at the urging of Barra and the GM board, the automaker said.

His status as Capitol Hill hate magnet peaked at a Senate hearing in July.

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Source: USA Today

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