Detroit EM Kevyn Orr issues order stripping Charles Pugh's pay, duties
Updated On: Jul 01 2013 11:34:41 AM EDT
Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has issued an order to suspend Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh's salary, wages and compensation effective July 7.
According to Orr's order signed on Thursday, Pugh will remain a member of City Council but has no power to act as a councilmember. The emergency manager does not have the power to remove Pugh, an elected official, from his office, but he can strip him of pay and duties.
Pugh has been absent from several City Council meetings over the past few weeks. He has closed down a couple of his social media accounts. Orr gave him a deadline -- 5 p.m. Wednesday -- to say whether he could fulfill his duties. He did not meet that deadline and has not been heard from all week.
Orr said this order was on the way, but Pugh still hasn't stepped forward.
Meanwhile, Pugh is at the center of a lawsuit that claims he had an "inappropriate relationship" with a 17-year-old boy while mentoring him at Douglass Academy.