Annapolis mayor dismisses city manager

January 08, 2014|By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun

Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides dismissed the capital city's city manager on Wednesday, city officials confirmed.

City manager Michael Mallinoff has been in his position since 2010, and previously served as director of the Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs. He also was city manager for Newport in Rhode Island.

With Mallinoff's departure, assistant city manager Virginia Burke will become acting city manager while a national search for a replacement is conducted, city officials said.

In December, Mallinoff was named one of three finalists to become town manager in Snowmass Village, Colo., according to the town's website. The Aspen Times reported last week Mallinoff had withdrawn his application. In 2012, Mallinoff was a finalist to become city manager in Gaithersburg, according to that city's website. That position ultimately went to Gaithersburg's longtime deputy city manager.

Mallinoff was hired as city manager under the administration of former Democratic Mayor Josh Cohen, whom Republican Pantelides defeated by 59 votes in November. His dismissal is the third major personnel move made by Pantelides since he took office in December.

Pantelides has nominated Timothy Murnane to be the new city attorney. Murnane is acting city attorney while he awaits confirmation by the city council. At its last meeting in December, members of the city council deferred on voting on Murnane's confirmation until next week's meeting.

Pantelides also let go longtime planning director Jon Arason.

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