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Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh Resigns

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Neetu Chandak Education and Politics Reporter
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Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh resigned from her position Thursday, her attorney said at a news conference.

Attorney Steve Silverman said her resignation was effective immediately, The Baltimore Sun reported Thursday. Pugh submitted her resignation letter Thursday, but did not appear at the conference.

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“I am sorry for the harm that I have caused to the image of the city of Baltimore and the credibility to the Office of the Mayor,” Silverman read in a statement from Pugh. “Baltimore deserves a mayor who can move our great city forward.”

The 69-year-old former mayor allegedly sold her “Healthy Holly” books to the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) for $500,000 while on the system’s board.

She returned $100,000 to UMMS and canceled her book deal, according to WBALTV 11.

The FBI and IRS executed search warrants against Pugh on April 25. (RELATED: Catherine Pugh Campaign Donors Want Their Money Back Following Kids’ Book Fiasco)

Several officials, including Baltimore City Council members and Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, called on Pugh to resign throughout April.

Silverman said Pugh was not “lucid” enough to make the decision to resign earlier in April. Pugh was on a leave of absence since the beginning of April due to pneumonia.

City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young took over Pugh’s duties while she was on leave. He automatically becomes the mayor, according to WBALTV 11.

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