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Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh's media consultant to step down

Mayor Catherine Pugh’s top communications consultant said Tuesday he is stepping down at the end of the month from his job advising the mayor on media strategy.

Greg Tucker, whose one-year, $150,000 contract with the city ends March 31, said he is not seeking to renew the agreement despite an option to do so.

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“Having now been on contract with the City of Baltimore and the Office of the Mayor since January of 2018, I’ve decided not to seek a renewal of my contract given that I feel that I’ve contributed as much as I set out to accomplish,” Tucker said in a statement. “A number of key communications roles have been fulfilled, and the Mayor has recently brought on a new chief of staff. Moreover, I am intent on building my communications advisory practice.”

Tucker said his decision is unrelated to the intense scrutiny the mayor is under over contracting practices at the University of Maryland Medical System. Pugh on Monday resigned from the system’s board of directors as Baltimore school officials acknowledged that 8,700 copies of children’s books the medical system purchased from her are sitting unread in a warehouse.

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Tucker said he was “privileged to support the introduction of the new Police Commissioner, Michael Harrison, and to support the communications of Mayor Pugh over this past year to highlight all that is underway to reduce disparity, create a new era of neighborhood investment and provide pathways for young people.”

A year ago, the mayor contracted with the Tucker Group to “provide for strategic consultation and tactical services for communications and the media.” He is a former Transamerica spokesman.

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