Acting city manager named for Annapolis

In Annapolis, where there is no city manager or assistant city manager, the recreation and parks director will fill in as city manager.

Mayor Mike Pantelides announced Friday that parks director Brian Woodward will be acting city manager while the search continues for a permanent manager.

The city's previous city manager, Michael Mallinoff, was fired by the new mayor in January. Then assistant city manager Virginia Burke, who served as acting city manager, resigned. Her last day was Friday.

Woodward has been parks director since June 2012. He holds a bachelor's degree in resource conservation and wildlife biology from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in public administration from George Washington University.

As Woodward moves to City Hall, the parks department will be run by the city's harbormaster, J.P. "Flip" Walters.

Walters will continue to run the Harbormaster's Office while he serves as acting parks director.

Pantelides initially planned a national search for a new city manager, but more recently said he felt that was unnecessary. He said earlier this month a national search would cost the city at least $20,000.

At Monday's city council meeting, seven of the city's eight aldermen plan to introduce a resolution expressing their desire to hire a firm or consultant to lead a national search for a city manager.

In Annapolis, the city manager carries out many of the day-to-day operations of the city. The city manager's appointment is subject to confirmation by the city council.

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