Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen accepted Ward Five Alderman Mathew Silverman’s resignation effective December 2, 2012.
In a letter to Mayor Cohen, Mr. Silverman explained that new responsibilities associated with his job at the Department of Justice would compromise the amount of time he could devote to his constituents.
Mr. Silverman wrote in his letter, “It appears that my responsibilities to the Council may conflict with the new requirements of my job. My new position will require that I be on-call around-the-clock, ready for deployment at any time. I am proud to have worked with such a talented group of individuals as that which makes up the Annapolis City Council. Each person possesses the highest level of commitment to service and has demonstrated an endurance for the tribulations associated with the office that can only engender admiration. I will count my service on the Council as one of the most memorable, educational, and fulfilling of my life.”
According to City Code, when an alderperson resigns within 15 months of the next regular City election, the Central Committee of the political party to which the alderperson belongs shall appoint the replacement. Mayor Cohen has accepted Mr. Silverman’s resignation and has verbally notified Kitty Higgins, Chair of the Democratic Central Committee, that he will formally give her written notice of the vacancy next week as required by law. At that time Ms. Higgins will have five days to schedule a public hearing at which the Committee will interview qualified applicants and vote to appoint a replacement. The mayor will then administer the oath of office to the newly appointed alderperson at the following City Council meeting.
“From his career in public safety to his service on the City Council, what motivates Alderman Silverman is an abiding spirit of service to his community,” Mayor Cohen said. “Mat’s increased responsibilities at the Department of Justice are a testament to his work ethic and dedication. I respect his decision to step down from the Council as being in the best interests of the City and his constituents whom he represents, but the Council will feel the loss. He has been a tremendous advocate for the residents of Ward 5 and for his brothers and sisters in public safety. I know Mat will continue to find ways to be involved locally and serve our community, and I wish him the best as he takes on his new professional responsibilities.”