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Charles Pugh contacts Fox 2, resigns from Detroit City Council

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Photo of letter Pugh issued to friends and colleagues. Photo of letter Pugh issued to friends and colleagues.
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Former Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh called the Fox 2 newsroom to indicate that he has released a statement about his employment with the city of Detroit.

Pugh did not indicate where he was located geographically other than saying on the phone he was not in Michigan.  He did say that he has a new job, but offered no details on the position at this time.

Fox 2 sent a crew member to the City-County building to pick up the letter Pugh left there for us. 

LETTER FROM CHARLES PUGH:

I appreciate all of the prayers and overwhelming show of support for my well-being during this extremely difficult time. I want everyone to know I'm doing just fine.

For the record, since late June, I have not had a staff nor I have received a salary from the city of Detroit. At that time, I had requested a doctor-recommended leave of absence from my position on council. I was told by Kevyn Orr's office that my leave was not allowable and that I needed to return to work in less than a week.

Since then, I have found an employment opportunity elsewhere. Because of that, I am stepping down from position on Detroit City Council. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to have served the city I love.

It's been challenging, but I found the strength to move on with my life despite a deliberate effort to destroy me with rumors, innuendo, half-truth, and outright B.S. (including a false police report filed against me).

However, God is still good and I am moving on --- grateful for every lesson I have learned.

Since my childhood, I have overcome incredible challenges and mind-boggling tragedies -- including the untimely and violent deaths of both of my parents. So, getting through this manufactured drama is just another example of God's grace.

I am a law-abiding person, who is now a private citizen and, moving forward, I would kindly ask people to respect my right to privacy.

I am excited about the next chapter just beginning in my life. Everyday, I am thankful for the success I have achieved, but I look forward to the new successes yet to come.

With sincere gratitude,
Charles Pugh

Fox 2 also obtained a letter of resignation that Pugh sent to Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr.  The letter is dated September 13, 2013.

It reads as follows:

As you know, in late JUne, I requested a doctor-recommended leave of absence.  The request was denied by your office and soon after my salary was stopped.

I have accepted an offer of employment elsewhere.  Because of that, I am stepping down from my position as a member of the Detroit City Council immediately.

Respectfully,

(Signed - Charles Pugh)

In June, State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr ordered his legal staff to strip the pay and authority from Charles Pugh, after he failed to show up for work as the President of the Detroit City Council.

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

Pugh had made requests for a three to four week medical leave, but Orr denied them.

Pugh's whereabouts remained a mystery as a family of an 18-year-old boy alleged Charles Pugh had inappropriate contact with him.

The family later requested that the civil and criminal investigation be dropped. Police in Madison Heights agreed to suspend the case.

Since June, Pugh was spotted once at a Seattle coffee house and this week there were reports he attended a meeting for the New York Association of Black Journalists.

Pugh was a reporter and weekend anchor at WJBK Fox from 1999 to 2009.

He also served as a radio personality on "CoCo, Foolish and Mr. Chase in the Morning" and his own show, "That's What's Up", originally airing on Sunday evening on WJLB FM Radio.

He became the Detroit's first openly gay elected official when he was elected as president to the Detroit City Council in 2009.

Current Detroit City Council President Santeel Jenkins says, "I am grateful for his years of service and the time he spent on the council.  It was a pleasure serving with him.  Certainly I think his letter of resignation allows us to move forward with clarity and to continue to do what's best for the city."

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