When Thomas Andrews waited to find out whether the City Council would approve him for the job of Annapolis' city manager, someone else was in the chamber to support him. It was Herbert Sachs, his first boss. Sachs hired Andrews in 1968 to work in a newly created Maryland department to manage water resources. They were two of a group who graduated from the University of Michigan's natural resources administration program and moved to Maryland to work in its early environmental awareness days. An article by The Baltimore Sun in 1978 said the group was sometimes referred to as the "Michigan Mafia." Andrews was on the ground floor of new planning concepts, such as sediment control and wetlands protection. "Behind all of this was the thought that it was more than just bricks and mortar, but a whole idea of looking ahead and planning ahead," said Sachs, an Annapolis resident. "That was right up Tom's alley." Since then, Andrews has had many more bosses and been the boss to many others. After four decades in government, Andrews, a 72-year-old Centreville resident, is taking on the chief administrative position in Annapolis. On his desk at City Hall is a pile of paper waiting to be taken home for weekend reading. He has a lot of catching up to do and the added responsibility of helping Mayor Mike Pantelides, a first-term Republican, hire other key department leaders, such as directors of planning and zoning and recreation and parks. In his first two weeks, he's met with directors to get to know their financial concerns. "It has been said, and I think it's true, that we have a balanced budget but probably not a sustainable one," Andrews said. "There are going to have to be some system adjustments." Andrews was raised in Cleveland, Ohio, with one sister. His mother stayed at home while his father was a General Motors executive. To his father's surprise, he didn't follow in his footsteps. He studied biology at Miami University in Ohio, then got his master's degree in Michigan. After working for Maryland in natural resources for about 10 years, Andrews took a job with the National Marine Fisheries Service. While there he focused on reducing the deaths of porpoises in tuna