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Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley announced his appointment for the city’s top lawyer following a nine-month vacancy, according to a city news release.

After nine months without a top lawyer, Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley announced the appointment of a new city attorney Monday, according to a city new release.
After nine months without a top lawyer, Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley announced the appointment of a new city attorney Monday, according to a city new release. (Photo courtesy of City of Annapolis.)

Buckley has tapped D. Michael Lyles, a private attorney and adjunct professor of law, to replace acting City Attorney Kerry Berger, who has served in the role since April. If confirmed by City Council at the Dec. 9 meeting, Lyles will be sworn in at that time. Former City Attorney Richard Melnick left the position in March.

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“I believe that Mike will be a great fit for the City of Annapolis,” Buckley said in the release. “He brings a wealth of public and government experience alongside private and trial practice. I am excited for the City and residents that he has agreed to join our team!”

Lyles is currently a counsel at Baltimore’s Stroud Priest, LLC and is an adjunct professor of employment law for the University of Maryland University College business school.

He served as the executive director of the Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission for seven years, prosecuting cases on illegal discrimination and civil rights violations, according to the release.

Lyles previously served as a trial attorney for the department of defense, the office of law in Prince George’s County and the District of Columbia’s child welfare system.

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