HOUSTON (AP) — The mayor of Houston has accepted the resignation of a press aide who used city resources to promote personal projects, including a proposed reality show.
Officials said in a statement Friday that Darian Ward submitted her resignation as press secretary to Mayor Sylvester Turner.
According to thousands of emails released last week, Ward used her city email account over the last four years to discuss a reality series she was pitching to television networks.
Ward described the program in emails as “the Apprentice meets Shark Tank in stilettos.”
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Ward also interviewed six women who were set to be contestants on her program on a 2015 episode of “Press Pass to the City,” which is produced by the city’s television studio.
Ward was suspended last month for two weeks without pay.