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Catherine Pugh

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is taking a leave of absence to recover from pneumonia.

The announcement coincides with a report that Pugh was paid more than $100,000 by health insurance group Kaiser Permanente for the purchase of children’s books, authored by Pugh.

Per the Baltimore city charter, current City Council President Jack Young will serve as Ex Officio Mayor while Pugh is on leave. Young stated, “I understand how traumatizing this has all been for the people of Baltimore. I take my responsibilities seriously and look forward to serving as a stabilizing force.”

Brian Combs

Senior Content Manager, Municipal