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Alderman Pulls Plans to Limit Mayoral Powers

Mayor Pantelides and Alderman Arnett shook hands and agreed to put the issue behind them

Mayor Pantelides, pictured, and Alderman Ross Arnett shook hands and agreed to put the issue behind them. (Photo by D. Frank Smith)
Mayor Pantelides, pictured, and Alderman Ross Arnett shook hands and agreed to put the issue behind them. (Photo by D. Frank Smith)
An Annapolis alderman has pulled his plans to introduce legislation that would limit the mayor's powers.

A few days after new Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides was elected, Alderman Ross Arnett unveiled plans to change the management of the city government to a council-manager form. The shift would make the City Manager report directly to the City Council instead of the mayor, reducing the power of the mayor to nearly a formality.

The proposed move was interpreted by some as a way to limit the power of the newly elected Republican mayor who would be working with a council of mostly Democrats, and resulted in a scathing mention on Rush Limbaugh's radio program. It also led to a recall campaign among Arnett's constituents.

But at a press conference Thursday night at City Hall, Pantelides and Arnett shook hands and agreed to put the issue behind them, The Capital reported.

"Ross and I have moved beyond it," Pantelides said.

The City Council is scheduled to meet on Dec. 9 for its first session since the Nov. 5 election.


Craig Purcell December 06, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Why are the Republicans not wanting a Council Manager form of Government when just a short time ago they were all for it? One would hope the 4th estate and blogosphere would ask this question of the local GOP.

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