Detroit EM strips council president’s pay, power

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit’s state-appointed emergency manager has issued an order stripping the pay and authority from AWOL City Council President Charles Pugh.

Pugh has been a no-show at recent council meetings and failed to acknowledge by a 5 p.m. Wednesday deadline that he would be returning to work.

Spokesman Bill Nowling says emergency manager Kevyn Orr signed the order Thursday. It takes effect July 7.

Orr is operating under Michigan’s emergency manager law. He can’t fire Detroit elected leaders, but does control their pay and responsibilities. Pugh earns about $76,000 per year.

The Associated Press has left messages seeking comment from Pugh.

Pugh also is the subject of a complaint the Detroit Public Schools received from the mother of a recent graduate who says the councilman had improper contacts with her son.

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