As part of his commitment to guarantee public input in the City decision making process, Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides announced his Citizen Advisory Transition Team, which is comprised of citizens, all who submitted requests to be on the transition team. The volunteer team is made up of citizens who bring professional, educational, and diverse public and private sector experience to the working groups.
“What makes this group so remarkable is that individuals sent in their resumes and asked to serve on the team,” Mayor Pantelides said. “This unique approach to putting a transition team together produces the best and brightest from all walks of life. While I wish I could have selected everyone, I am pleased that our team represents a broad cross section of our community.”
The Citizen Advisory Transition Team will assist the Mayor and City Council when meeting the challenges anticipated over the next four years. The team will submit a final report to the Mayor.
There are about 100 members serving on the ten committees. Mayor Pantelides has directed his transition team to address environmental issues related to each specific committee. This eliminates a broad-based approach to address the environment and makes it a component of all ten committee reports.
The Citizen Advisory Transition Team Committees and Chair of each committee include:
Public Safety – Al Kirchner
Internal Support- Joe Rubino
Public/Community Services– Steve Johnson
Transportation/Parking – David Humphreys
Recreation and Parks – Wilson Phipps
Human Services – Amalie E. Brandenburg
Resource/Economic and Maritime Development – Sean O’Neill
Financial Management – Fred Sussman
Public Housing – Deneice Fischer
Boards and Commissions – Bevin Buchheister
Eye On Annapolis has requested a listing of all people serving on these teams.
Notably absent from this team is any type of environmental advisory panel. Mayor Pantelides campaigned as a friend of the environment and vowed to hold development in check, particularly Crystal Spring and City Dock.
Ward 5 Alderman, Jared Littmann expressed his disappointment, “I am disappointed to see there is not a separate committee to address environmental issues on the Mayor’s transition team. City code illustrates the importance of the topic by giving the environment its own standing committee. He was elected by citizens that are passionate about the environment and who want confirmation that the Mayor will be a leader in that arena. The lack of an environmental team suggests that he is not receptive to the citizens’ concerns about and suggestions to protect the environment.”