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Annapolis city attorney quits

The acting city attorney in Annapolis — who had visited the police station when the mayor's cousin was arrested — has resigned, Mayor Mike Pantelides announced Wednesday.

Pantelides brought Timothy Murnane to City Hall as acting city attorney after Murnane helped oversee a nail-biter ballot count following November's election.

But Pantelides was unable to get the city council to confirm Murnane as the permanent city attorney. When Murnane's confirmation came before the council in December, the aldermen elected to postpone the vote. Murnane's confirmation never came to a vote again.

Questions also were raised after Murnane visited the Annapolis police station when the mayor's cousin was arrested earlier this year on charges of attempted murder. The cousin, Savvas Pantelides, has been accused of setting up a robbery that ended with a shooting. His trial is scheduled for September.

In a statement, the mayor said Murnane will return to private law practice.

Assistant City Attorney Gary Elson will take over as acting city attorney. He has had his own legal trouble. On April 24, he was charged with driving while impaired by alcohol, driving while under the influence of alcohol, negligent driving and failure to drive a vehicle on the right half of the roadway. A trial is scheduled for August.

Elson has been the full-time assistant city attorney since 2008 and worked for the city part-time beginning in 1986.

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