Dixon could face other legal hurdles. The state prosecutor has not said whether he will retry the one charge on which jurors did not render a verdict. And in March she is scheduled to face trial on charges of failing to disclose gifts from her former boyfriend, Ronald H. Lipscomb, a developer who received lucrative city tax incentives.

Dixon's administration has not drawn up any plans for a possible transition of power, said Deputy Mayor Christopher Thomaskutty. "It's way too premature for that kind of thing."

The mayor was "very strong and put together" as she gathered with Cabinet members after Tuesday's verdict, he said, and she urged them to stay focused.

In a meeting Wednesday morning with senior staff members, Dixon discussed the foreclosure of some Clipper Mill properties and a soccer stadium feasibility study.

She was in an "outstanding" mood, "very up, very engaged and joking as she usually does," said First Deputy Mayor Andrew Frank.

"Except for the extraordinary events of yesterday, there is absolutely nothing that feels different at City Hall," he said.

Still, Frank described the mood in City Hall after the verdict as "disappointment and sadness." "The people that work in City Hall have a great degree of affection for the city and the mayor," he said.

Tuesday evening, Dixon attended events in Canton and Fells Point, and later stopped by the Maryland Shock Trauma Center to visit an animal control officer who was shot while working.

Not 'holed up'
Dixon spokesman Scott Peterson played down the mayor's light schedule Wednesday, saying some days have more events than others. "In no way is she being holed up or not being out in public."

Peterson added, "No one was expecting this outcome. Everyone has confidence in the mayor's innocence, at least in the mayor's office. You can't dispute a jury ruling; that's not what we're doing. At the same time we have confidence in the mayor."

In Dixon's lone public appearance Wednesday, she visited the Southern District police station in Cherry Hill to cheer on a $5,000 donation for the department's mounted patrol.

Looking at the bank of television cameras, Dixon joked, "It's really great to be here, and it's great that you brought out all the media. I'm impressed."

Baltimore Sun reporter Julie Bykowicz contributed to this article.