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State's attorney to get 22% pay raise

April 15, 1998|By GUY FLETCHER

ANNAPOLIS - Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening signed legislation Tuesday that will give the Washington County state's attorney a raise of $22,588, an increase of more than 33 percent over the current salary.

The legislation, sponsored by the county's legislative delegation, changes the formula on which the prosecutor's pay is based - from 80 percent of a District Court judge's salary to 90 percent.

Under the current salary of $89,200 of a District Court judge, the pay would have increased from the current $67,840 a year paid to State's Attorney M. Kenneth Long Jr. to $80,280. The $12,440 increase would have been a raise of more than 18 percent.

Because the General Assembly also approved a $11,275 raise for judges this year, taking their salaries to $100,475 a year, the state's attorney's salary will become $90,428.

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When county legislators deliberated on the raise proposal in February, some lawmakers suggested the judicial raise could take care of the state's attorney pay raise without further legislation. That argument prompted three members of the eight-member delegation voting against the proposal.

But Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, defended the raise as a "quality issue," noting that an increase would be needed if the county wants to continue to attract qualified candidates to the job.

As a result of the law, the county's expenditures will increase by $27,106 a year, including pay and benefits, according to an analysis by the Department of Fiscal Services.

The law takes effect Oct. 1, but the raise cannot be applied until after this year's election.

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