Acting Annapolis attorney resigns

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Annapolis’ acting city attorney has resigned.

Mayor Mike Pantelides said Wednesday that Timothy Murnane—who had not been confirmed as permanent attorney by the City Council—will return to private practice.

"I am grateful to Mr. Murnane for his dedication to the city and for his time and commitment to this administration," Pantelides said in a news release. "He sacrificed his private practice to dedicate himself to public service. I wish him much success as he returns to his law practice."

Assistant City Attorney Gary Elson has been named acting city attorney while a search is conducted to find a replacement.

Murnane, a trial attorney for more than 30 years, also served as a public defender for eleven years. He was criticized for appearing at the Annapolis Police Department after Pantelides’ cousin, Savvas Pantelides, was charged with attempted murder this winter. Murnane has said he was not representing the city that night.

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Pantelides said Murnane drafted legislation that updated sections of City Code, as well as legislation that will result in additional revenue for the city though the admission and amusement tax.

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