Detroit City Council delays vote on selecting new Council President and Pro-Tem, seeks legal advice

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Detroit City Council has decided to delay a vote on selecting a new council president or Pro-Tem.

Council members also discussed the formal removal of Charles Pugh, who has been a no-show to council since allegations of misappropriate behavior with a local teen surfaced.

The council is seeking written legal clarification and advice before moving forward with any vote concerning his removal. They are expected to vote on both a Council President and a Pro-Tem during next Tuesday's session.

Pugh's possible removal would be based on his two week absence and considered an ethics violation.

Last week Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr eliminated Pugh's pay, power and presidency -  but he does not have the authority to remove an elected official from office.

Pugh has not resigned. Council members are getting legal advice on how to proceed.

Meanwhile, Madison Heights Police plan to speak with the 18-year-old and his mother to get more information about allegations that Pugh's mentoring of the teen - which began when he was 17 - was inappropriate.

Sources tell 7 Action News the report is vague and that Pugh touched his leg while they were shopping for clothes in May. Attorneys for the teen and his mother say this bolsters their claims that will be detailed in a civil lawsuit to be filed this week. 

Pugh was last seen last Friday at a coffee shop in Seattle, Washington when his picture was taken by a metro Detroit woman on vacation.  

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