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City Transportation Director resigns amid Mayor's scandal, her own internal woes

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(l-r) Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, Transportation Director Michelle Pourciau, Congressman Elijah Cummings

Another shoe has dropped in the embattled Pugh Administration. City Transportation Director Michelle Pourciau, resigned Friday as a wide-ranging probe into her leadership of the department was being conducted by the city inspector general’s office. 

Pourciau’s comes a day after agents from the FBI and the IRS raided multiple locations tied to Mayor Catherine Pugh, including her homes, a former non-profit agency she once ran, her office at City Hall and an aide’s home. It was not publicly disclosed exactly what the federal agents were looking for, but FBI spokesman Dave Fitz said they were conducting court authorized search warrants. It’s widely speculated the now federal probe is tied to the mayor’s lucrative self-published Healthy Holly book deals with the University of Maryland Medical System Board of Directors when she was a State Senator and member of the UMMS board, as well as other entities that sought to do business with the city.

The Baltimore Sun reports German Vigil, a spokesman for the transportation department, said that Pourciau no longer works for the city and that Frank Murphy is serving as acting director.

A spokesman for Acting Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young was not immediately able to comment.