Council President Charles Pugh has until tomorrow to decide whether he’ll resign or return to work after issuing a mysterious notice today that he would be on sick leave for the next three to four weeks.
Pugh, who decided not to run for a second term because he said he’s not cut out for politics, has not responded to colleagues or reporters in the past week. He disabled his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
And he’s left no indication about what’s wrong. Not even his office workers know about his whereabouts or well-being.
Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr responded today by saying Pugh must return to work by Wednesday or resign. If he does neither, Orr has the authority to cut Pugh’s $77,000 salary. Pugh also receives health care, a pension, a city-owned car filled up with city-paid gas and a city-issued cell phone.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.