BALTIMORE (WJZ) — James Smith has stepped down from his position as a top aide to Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh.

A spokesman for acting Mayor Jack Young said Smith offered his resignation on Friday.

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This comes as Mayor Pugh remains on an indefinite leave of absence from her position, citing health concerns amid a growing scandal over business dealings of her “Healthy Holly” children’s books.

Last week, Gov. Larry Hogan called on the Maryland State Prosecutor to investigate Pugh’s deal with the University of Maryland Medical System to sell the books for $500,000.

The Baltimore Ethics Board also voted to open its own investigation of her book sales.

City and state officials have called for her resignation over the last few weeks.

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Comments (3)
  1. They are ALL heading for the hills to separate themselves from the MAYORS downfall FROM POWER! Can’t blame them! Continuing fallout from the MAYORS UNETHICAL BEHAVIOR and GROSS CONFLICT OF INTEREST! SHE herself needs to be forced to RESIGN! Proud of yourself MAYOR to what you have caused??

  2. AND another one bites the dust…NICE JOB MAYOR!!

  3. John Dueterer says:

    Good riddance to Jim Smith. Hopefully he’ll have the decency to retire. Pugh created a $107,000 do-nothing position for him after he illegally (look it up, he got fined for it) gave her campaign a $100,000 loan.
    As Baltimore County Executive he played extreme politics and was disgraceful.
    In the last election, he and his type were threatened by Jim Brochin’s determination to eliminate “Pay for Play” and his support of Vickie Almond and then Johnny O, got Johnny O elected.
    And did Smith benefit from Pay to Play? Well all the articles about him say he was rarely seen at City Hall or events, but he sure collected his salary from a cash strapped city.
    Mr. Smith, please retire!