Annapolis alderman resigns

Annapolis Alderman Mathew Silverman resigned Friday, citing time conflicts with his job as a special agent at the U.S. Department of Justice, according to city officials.

Silverman, a Democrat, was elected to the City Council in 2009 while he was an Anne Arundel County police officer. He subsequently took what he has called "a dream job" with the justice department.


In a Friday letter to his council colleagues and Mayor Joshua Cohen, Silverman, 33, wrote that new job responsibilities require him to be on call 24 hours a day and may conflict with his city work.

He called his job as a special agent a "long-time career goal" and wrote that, "I will count my service on the Council as one of the most memorable, educational, and fulfilling of my life."

Silverman did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment Friday afternoon.

He represented Ward 5 in the southern portion of the city for 11 months before becoming a federal agent late in 2010. Training took him out of the state for four months in early 2011. When some of his colleagues on the council raised eyebrows at his absence, Silverman promised at the time to work "double duty."

Friday, Silverman wrote that his new job responsibilities meant he must be able to deploy at any time.

Cohen accepted Silverman's resignation, which is effective Sunday, and called Silverman "a tremendous advocate for the residents of Ward 5 and for his brothers and sisters in public safety."

City officials said City Code requires the Annapolis Democratic Central Committee to select Silverman's replacement. The mayor is required to appoint that person.