As Mayor Catherine Pugh continues her medical leave and continues to face scrutiny over her children’s book deals, a top aide to Pugh has reportedly resigned.
WBAL-TV Lead I-Team Reporter Jayne Miller quotes sources who say Jim Smith, has resigned as the Chief of Strategic Alliances.
James Bentley, a spokesman for Pugh could neither confirm or deny reports on Smith’s status.
“I don’t have anything on that at this time,” Bentley told WBAL NewsRadio Saturday evening.
Smith, was hired by Pugh shortly after she took office in 2016.
Smith served two terms as Baltimore County Executive from 2002-2010, and then served four years as Maryland’s Secretary of Transportation in Governor Martin O’Malley’s second term.
Smith had previously served as a Baltimore County Councilman and county judge.
Pugh went on medical leave on Monday after being hospitalized for treatment of pneumonia.
Earlier this week, her personal attorney confirmed that the Office of State Prosecutor was investigating Pugh’s book deals.
Pugh admitted that the University of Maryland Medical System purchased $500,000 worth of her Healthy Holly children’s books while she was a board member of the medical system. She resigned from the board last month.
Several other book purchases were reported this week, including one from Kaiser Permanente.
In 2017, the insurer received a $48-million contract for employee health insurance.
That donation and others are being investigated by the Maryland Insurance Administration.