Council president told return to work or step down

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DETROIT State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr has denied a medical leave request by Detroit's City Council president and told Charles Pugh to return to work or risk losing his salary.

Orr spokesman Bill Nowling says Orr told Pugh by phone Tuesday that he has until Wednesday afternoon to make a decision.

Pugh has missed two consecutive council meetings. Council President Pro Tem Gary Brown says Pugh has been out of the office for the past 10 days.

Pugh received the most votes in the last election and is not seeking re-election this year. He earns about $76,000 per year.

If he steps down, only seven council members will remain. Kwame Kenyatta resigned last week.

The Council lost much of its authority when Orr was hired in March to fix Detroit's finances.


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