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New Detroit Council President Orders Audit Of Spending By Charles Pugh

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A Detroit City Council meeting in April, 2013. (credit: Pat Sweeting/WWJ)

A Detroit City Council meeting in April, 2013. (credit: Pat Sweeting/WWJ)

DETROIT (WWJ) – A few weeks after former Detroit City Council President, Charles Pugh, was stripped of his power and pay, council members want to know how he was spending the city’s money.

New Detroit City Council President Saunteel Jenkins has ordered an audit of Charles Pugh’s office and other areas under his control.

Jenkins said there are reports of items missing from the city’s Media Services division — an area Pugh oversaw.

Detroit’s inspector General and the Auditor General will look over the books.

“The Auditor General is not looking for any kind of criminal activity. It’s just internal controls,” Jenkins said. “It’s making sure that the accounts have been expended correctly and that we are documenting as we go long, appropriately.”

Jenkins said she is not accusing anyone of theft.

Pugh has not been seen for weeks amid allegations that he had an inappropriate relationship with a teenage boy whom he mentored. No charges have been filed and a Madison Heights police investigation was suspended.

Pugh had requested a four-week medical leave, but Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr denied that, taking action to stop Pugh’s paychecks after multiple unexplained absences from the council table.

[Catch up on this story HERE].

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