Annapolis employee wins in dispute over pension


Former Annapolis Housing Authority employee Joseph E. "Zastro" Simms has won a dispute with the city over a delayed pension payment, ending a disagreement that grew so heated that it got him arrested last week.

The City Council decided in closed session Wednesday night to grant Mr. Simms the pension. City officials would not disclose the amount of the payment or details about the case, saying it is a personnel matter.

Annapolis police charged Mr. Simms with trespassing and resisting arrest after he and City Administrator Michael D.

Mallinoff argued over the pension at City Hall last Friday, according to a police report.

Mr. Mallinoff told authorities he asked Mr. Simms to leave his office 12 times before calling police, the report said.

Two officers repeatedly asked Mr. Simms to leave, but he refused and would not place his hands behind his back when they tried to arrest him, the report said. Efforts to reach Mr. Mallinoff and Mr. Simms for comment yesterday were unsuccessful.

Earlier this week, Mr. Simms defended his actions and said "there was no fight." Mr. Simms, a community activist who lobbies frequently on behalf of the Clay Street neighborhood, said he thought the city would handle the dispute privately.

Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins called the Wednesday council meeting to negotiate the settlement. The city is considering dropping the trespassing charge, but it is up to the police and the courts to decide whether to drop the resisting arrest charge.

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