Former Pugh aide briefly named to pen­sion post

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND -

Keith E. Tim­mons, an at­tor­ney who was sanc­tioned for mis­con­duct in 2016 and was a long­time cam­paign trea­surer for Bal­ti­more Mayor Cather­ine Pugh, was named on a City Coun­cil agenda as her choice to fill a board po­si­tion at the trou­bled city em­ployee pen­sion sys­tem. But a spokesman for Pugh said Thurs­day that Tim­mons’ in­clu­sion on the agenda was an over­sight. Spokesman Greg Tucker said the mayor de­cided to with­draw Tim­mons from con­sid­er­a­tion once a back­ground check was com­plete. “His name had been sub­mit­ted ear­lier, was in the pipe­line to be slated on the agenda, while the back­ground checks were be­ing com­pleted,” Tucker said. “Upon the com­ple­tion of those, it was de­ter­mined that it would be bet­ter to with­draw his name.” Tim­mons told The Bal­ti­more Sun in a phone in­ter­view Thurs­day that he be­lieved he was a good choice for the board. When a re­porter learned of the with­drawal and called again a few min­utes later, Tim­mons said he got a text mes­sage dur­ing the first in­ter­view that no­ti­fied him of the change. “I un­der­stand they didn’t want any con­tro­versy,” Tim­mons said. “It’s fine.” Tim­mons was Pugh’s cam­paign trea­surer briefly in 2003, and then from 2006 un­til Novem­ber 2017. He was also her cam­paign chair­man from 2003 to 2005. Dur­ing those years, Pugh was elected to City Coun­cil, the House of Del­e­gates, the state Se­nate and her cur­rent of­fice. Tim­mons, who is now City Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s cam­paign trea­surer, agreed in 2016 to a 30-day sus­pen­sion of his law li­cense after the Mary­land At­tor­ney Griev­ance Com­mis­sion pur­sued al­le­ga­tions by three former clients that Tim­mons didn’t prop­erly rep­re­sent them. Tim­mons dis­puted some of the al­le­ga­tions, but ac­knowl­edged there was ev­i­dence to prove he vi­o­lated two rules for lawyers in Mary­land, ac­cord­ing to a court record sum­ma­riz­ing the case. Lester Davis, a spokesman for Young, said the coun­cil pres­i­dent had no ad­vance knowl­edge of Tim­mons’ nom­i­na­tion. Bike share will re­turn to Bal­ti­more this week­end. Lime Bikes, which has oper­ated a fleet of its dock-

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