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Mayor announces city manager, attorney nominees

Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides is filling two of the key vacant posts at City Hall: city manager and city attorney.

Pantelides has nominated Thomas C. Andrews as city manager and Michael G. Leahy as city attorney. The Annapolis city council must confirm the appointments, which will officially be introduced at the council's meeting Monday.

The mayor briefed the aldermen on the nominations during a closed-door meeting Thursday.

If confirmed, Andrews and Leahy would bolster a City Hall staff that's been hit by firings and resignations since Pantelides took office in December. The city government is currently without a permanent city manager, city attorney, planning director, transportation director, and recreation and parks director. The public works director is currently acting as city manager, and the harbormaster is running the parks department.

The mayor said Andrews has more than 40 years of government experience in positions including director of the Marine Mammal and Endangered Species Division at the U.S. Department of Commerce-National Marine Fisheries Service, deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment, county manager for Fulton County, Ga., and Anne Arundel County health officer..

Pantelides said Leahy has experience in land use and environmental regulation, development finance and permitting, economic development and venture funding. He was a policy and legal adviser to the Anne Arundel county executive and was a member of the Anne Arundel County Board of Education from 2004 to 2009. His legal experience includes work in intellectual property, according to the mayor's office.

—Pamela Wood


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