Although Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr had considered him gone back in June it became official today. At 3 p.m. Orr’s office received a letter from Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh resigning his post. According to Orr’s office the letter makes the resignation immediately.
Pugh disappeared following accusations of impropriety with a young boy he was tutoring. At the time he asked for a leave of absence but Orr refused to grant the leave instead stopping his pay and benefits. However Orr lacked the ability to remove the duly elected council member. Pugh then disappeared from the public with only a few sightings ranging from Seattle to New York. The most recent was Monday in New York at a meeting of the Association of Black Journalists.
Pugh was very popular as a politician in part because he had a way of relating to residents through the media. A former Fox 2 reported and anchor, Pugh knows how to use the media for his advantage. In his first attempt at the council he was the top vote getter. Tradition has it that the top vote getter is automatically the council president so Pugh quickly found himself in the top role on the body.
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