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Annapolis acting city manager resigns

Annapolis City Hall is facing yet another departure: Brian Woodward, the recreation and parks director who was serving as acting city manager.

Woodward cited health issues as his reason for resigning from his position.

Since Mayor Mike Pantelides took office in December, the city government has lost its city attorney, city manager, assistant city manager, planning director and transportation director through resignations or firings. Pantelides also replaced several aides in his office.

Woodward said he and his wife prayed about whether he should resign. He stressed that his decision was personal and said he didn't want his departure to reflect poorly on the administration or the City Council.

"I have enjoyed my time both in City Hall and in rec and parks. I've loved coming to work every day," he said.

Woodward has served as director of recreation and parks for about two years and took over as acting city manager in March.

Pantelides said he will name a new acting city manager before Woodward leaves at the end of the month. Woodward has agreed to help hire a replacement recreation and parks director. Harbormaster J.P. "Flip" Waters has been filling in running both his department and the recreation and parks department in recent months.

In a statement, Pantelides praised Woodward for bringing "consistency, dependability and the highest professional standards" to his work.

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