Detroit Council’s New Leader Wants Audit Of Spending Overseen By Charles Pugh

Source: Christine Ferretti / The Detroit News

Detroit — City Council’s new president said Tuesday she’s calling for the city’s auditor general to conduct a review of expenditures in the council divisions, Media Services and the office of former president Charles Pugh.

Saunteel Jenkins was elected president at last Tuesday’s formal session in place of Pugh, who oversaw all three divisions. He hasn’t been seen at City Hall in weeks after emergency manager Kevyn Orr denied his request for a month-long medical leave and allegations surfaced of an inappropriate relationship with a teenage boy Pugh once mentored.

Orr stripped Pugh of his salary, title and job duties earlier this month after he failed to return to work. Pugh has not resigned as of Tuesday and remains a council member.

“I am wanting to get an accounting of what the internal controls are and how the money has been spent,” Jenkins said. “I just want to make sure that everything is properly documented. I’m trying to be as transparent as possible.”

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