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Update: Mayor Buckley discusses COVID-19 with Anne Arundel County Health Officer, Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman

With the growing threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, I know that residents and visitor to the City of Annapolis are worried. The next few weeks will test our unity as a city government and as a community.

As we work to contain and mitigate the spread of the virus, we will face many challenges. I believe that we can be unified to face this threat, just like we were after 9/11, after countless hurricanes and Nor’easters and the gun violence that has so shaken our City. I want to assure you that the City of Annapolis has been working on preparations for just this kind of crisis. Not just over the past few weeks, but over months and even years. We have plans and we have run drills. We have one of the best Office of Emergency Management units in the country. These men and women are smart professionals who put the public health and security of our city above all else.

We want to try to strike a balance between providing essential government services and continuing to function for the sake of residents, but keeping our City staff safe. I thank you for your patience.

-Mayor Gavin Buckley (March 13, 2020)

Overview

This office is responsible for the overall management of the City government. The City of Annapolis has a "Mayor-Council" form of government in which the Mayor chairs the City Council and also serves as the chief executive of the city government. The Mayor's Office is responsible for managing all city departments and carrying out the policies adopted by the City Council.

Term

The Mayor serves a four-year term and is elected citywide at the same time as the eight Aldermen/women are elected from their respective wards. Unlike the Alderpersons who have no term limits, the Mayor is term-limited to two consecutive four-year terms.