Mayor Pugh's Press Secretary resigns hours after appointment

BALTIMORE, Md. (WMAR) - A record resignation at city hall.

Hours after Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh introduced her new press secretary, Darryl Strange announced he was stepping down. His resignation came not long after the Baltimore Sun began questioning a few lawsuits involving Strange while he worked as a Baltimore City Police Officer.

He worked for the department from 2006 to 2011 and according to the Baltimore Sun, the city had to pay out nearly $80,000. ABC2 News found court records that show a judge dropping a case involving strange in 2008, and ordering the city to pay $12,000.

In 2010, minutes from the Board of Estimates meeting show the city voting to approve a $67,000 settlement, also involving strange.

The mayor did not comment on the legal issues, but she sent the following statement: 

“As for anyone who applies to work at City Hall and particularly in a senior role, there is an extensive vetting process that takes time to complete.  This process was still underway for Mr. Strange, who having worked as a senior communications officer in government, began in the communications department here at City Hall this past Monday. Mr. Strange informed me late today, however, that he will not be continuing as press secretary.  We will be seeking to fill this role in the coming period.”

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