Michael Mallinoff will leave his position as Annapolis city administrator to take the same job in Newport, R.I., city officials said yesterday.
Mr. Mallinoff, who became city administrator in 1989, will start his new job in January. He was in Newport yesterday and could not be reached for comment.
Annapolis officials might take the opportunity presented by the vacancy to reduce the administrator's salary.
"Some of us on the council had been thinking that there is not a need for a $74,000 city administrator and a $52,000-a-year mayor," Alderman Carl O. Snowden said. "There has always been a controversy about that position and whether it is needed with a full-time mayor."
Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins, who hired Mr. Mallinoff, paid him $34,000 more than the previous mayor, Dennis M. Callahan, paid his city administrator, said Mr. Snowden, chairman of the city Finance Committee.
No announcement has been made about a search for Mr. Mallinoff's replacement, but Mr. Snowden said the next administrator could come from within. The Ward 5 Democrat mentioned Craig Purcell, a community organizer; Steve Carr, a city planning and zoning consultant; and Eileen Fogarty, the director of city planning and zoning; as possible replacements.