Baltimore mayor resigns amid corruption investigation

Baltimore mayor resigns amid corruption investigation

She entered office in 2016 contrasting her clean image with her main opponent, ex-Mayor Sheila Dixon, who was forced to depart in 2010 as part of a plea deal for misappropriating about $500 in gift cards meant for needy families.

Pugh's statement and formal resignation letter were read by her attorney, Steve Silverman, at a news conference outside his office in Baltimore.

She made about $800,000 over the years in exchange for the books, which focused on health and nutrition.

The book scandal, which erupted in late March, changed all that.

Amid a chorus of calls for her resignation by city and state officials, including every member of the Baltimore City Council, Pugh finally delivered the letter Thursday, in what her lawyer described as "a sad day for Mayor Pugh and a sad day for the city of Baltimore". Her attorney Steven Silverman announced the resignation on Thursday. "Now the city can move forward with tackling the vast challenges facing Baltimore including improving our schools and reducing crime". Pugh is the second Baltimore mayor in a decade to resign while involved in a criminal investigation.

The Baltimore City Council asked her to last month to quit.

Tim Williams, Tyus Bowser and other Ravens players who must welcome rookie competition into their position groups. "I am confident I have left the city in capable hands for the duration of the term to which I was elected". I want to thank all of our department heads and staff who work hard every day to improve the quality of life for all who live, work and visit our city.

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"Now more than ever, Baltimore City needs strong and responsible leadership", said GOP Governor Larry Hogan.

Pugh had taken a leave of absence from office effective April 2, saying that she was suffering from pneumonia. Last week, Silverman had told reporters that she might be "lucid" enough to make a decision this week. She also sold tens of thousands of books to customers including a $4 billion hospital network she once helped oversee and health carriers with business before the city. There was no contract for the books, and some of the purchases were called "grants" in federal filings.

Ms. Pugh's long-awaited resignation took effect immediately.

The newspaper reported that Pugh had been paid at least $500,000 by the University of Maryland Medical System, where she sat on the board, for her self-published children's books about a character named "Healthy Holly".

It's a stunning fall from grace for the 69-year-old Pugh, who rose through the Democratic ranks over many years to become the city's most powerful figure.

Catherine E. Pugh is out as mayor of Baltimore, Maryland. That is Pugh's company. The UMMS deal alone was for 100,000 books.

Despite all these deals, Pugh's printer had only put out 60,000 copies of her books and didn't have any orders for more.

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