BALTIMORE — Shortly before noon Monday, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh seemingly responded to a letter from the Baltimore City Council that stated she should resign.
Pugh’s office released a statement reiterating the position she has already held, that she will return to City Hall and resume her duties as mayor when she is well again.
“Mayor Pugh has taken a leave to focus on recovering from pneumonia and regaining her health,” read a statement released by Pugh’s spokesman James E. Bentley II. “She fully intends to resume the duties of her office and continue her work on behalf of the people and the City of Baltimore.”
Pugh went on a leave of absence from her role as mayor at the beginning of April. City Council President Jack Young assumed the role in the interim, becoming Ex Officio Mayor, as per the city charter.
Pugh is currently being investigating by the Office of the State Prosecutor as her dealing with the University of Maryland Medical System and several other organizations has come under scrutiny related to the sale of Pugh’s self-published “Healthy Holly” books.
Pugh cannot be removed from office by the City Council as there is no impeachment contingency in the Baltimore City charter.