Pugh and the University of Maryland Medical System have been under fire since last month, when The Baltimore Sun reported that nine of 30 board members had deals benefiting their companies with the system of hospitals they were tasked with overseeing. Three board members, including Pugh, have resigned from the board, while four are on leave. The CEO of the hospital network also has taken a leave of absence.
As Pugh’s chief of strategic alliances, Smith oversaw the mayor’s economic development efforts and a variety of agencies, such as transportation, fire and emergency management. He is a former secretary of the state Department of Transportation.
He also sits on the UMMS board.
In 2017, prosecutors fined a political slate funded by Smith for making an unlawful $100,000 loan to Pugh before the Democratic primary.
In the final days of Pugh's effort to defeat rival Sheila Dixon, her campaign received $315,000 in loans, including $100,000 from the Baltimore County Victory Slate, which was funded by Smith.
During his time in City Hall, Smith was a behind-the-scenes force for a plan to create a more than $50 million neighborhood investment fund to help lure development to some of Baltimore’s most struggling neighborhoods and he advocated for tough tactics to try to keep the Preakness horse race in Baltimore.