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Greensboro city attorney resigns over museum loan

The Associated Press

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The city attorney in Greensboro has resigned after council members were unhappy about how the city handled a $750,000 loan with a civil rights museum.

Mujeeb Shah-Khan stepped down Friday after Mayor Nancy Vaughan told him otherwise the City Council was going to fire him. He will get paid half his annual salary, or about $83,000, in a severance package. That is double what was required in his contract.

Shah-Khan said he thinks he did nothing wrong, but understands that public employees will always have their motivations questioned.

"I'm happy I was able to do some good work on behalf of the citizens of Greensboro, regardless of what some people think about it," said Shah-Khan, who came to the city in June 2012.

The City Council was unhappy about the $750,000 loan given to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum. The museum didn't sign a loan agreement, and council members worried that left Greensboro with no ability to recover the money if the museum can't pay it back.

The museum has struggled in recent years, losing $10 million in value and having three people help run it in four months.

City Council didn't talk about details of Shah-Khan's resignation with the mayor reading a statement and refusing to answer questions afterward.

"We are appreciative of the efforts he has provided and work he has done for the City of Greensboro," Vaughan said. "We wish him well in his future endeavors."

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