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Replacing the council leadership

Charles Pugh

Charles Pugh

DETROIT — Detroit City Council will name its new leadership July 9. Council will vote on a replacement for Council President Charles Pugh and former Pro Tem Gary Brown.

The respective positions, by 2009 charter, go to the city’s top vote getter and second place winner. It is unclear, however, if the council will be guided by the 2012 charter or its earlier iteration.

Council asked the legal department to prepare an opinion on the matter.

Some say the next highest vote getters should be appointed to the president and pro tem positions.

According to 2009 election results, that would be Saunteel Jenkins and Ken Cockrel Jr., respectively.

Yet, sources say there is political support for Jenkins for president and Andre Spivey for pro tem, which would go against precedent.

Both Jenkins and Spivey are running for reelection.

There is a question of whether the issues should even be voted on at the table.

Pugh was relieved of his pay and duties last week when Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr did not approve a request for medical leave from the council member.

Pugh disappeared recently after allegations emerged of inappropriate contact with an 18-year-old student at Frederick Douglass Academy, where Pugh operated a mentoring program.

One media report placed Pugh in Seattle, Wash. The former council president has not issued any statement about his whereabouts or allegations against him, which are now under investigation by the Madison Heights police department.

Brown resigned his position on council to take a $225,000 a year position with the EM’s office. Councilmember Kwame Kenyatta also resigned last month for health reasons.

Election results for 2009 are as follows:

Charles Pugh

Gary Brown

Saunteel Jenkins

Ken Cockrel Jr.

Brenda Jones

Andre Spivey

James Tate

Kwame Kenyatta

JoAnn Watson

Lisa Howze

Alberta Tinsley-Talabi

Jai-Lee Dearing

John K. Bennett

Shelly I. Foy

Mohamed Okdie

Fred Elliot Hall

Raphael Johnson

David J. Cross

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