RELEASE: Statement on Mayor Pugh's Leave of Absence

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Catherine E. Pugh


City of Baltimore

250 City Hall • Baltimore, Maryland 21202 • 410-396-3835



April 1, 2019


James E. Bentley II


Statement on Mayor Pugh's Leave of Absence

BALTIMORE, MD.  — Mayor Catherine E. Pugh has been battling pneumonia for the past few weeks. She has been advised by her physicians that she needs to take time to recover and focus on her health. At this time, with the Mayor’s health deteriorating, she feels as though she is unable to fulfill her obligations as Mayor of Baltimore City. To that end, Mayor Pugh will be taking an indefinite leave of absence to recuperate from this serious illness.

Article IV, Section 2 of the Baltimore City Charter states that “{[i]n case of, and during, sickness, temporary disqualification or necessary absence of the Mayor, the President of the City Council shall be ex officio Mayor of the City.”

In Mayor Pugh’s absence, City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young will take over the daily operations of City government as ex officio Mayor of Baltimore City.