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Panel to study county salaries

February 13, 2001|By SCOTT BUTKI

Panel to study county salaries



A Washington County Salary Study Commission has been reactivated to consider increasing salaries for some positions, including the County Commissioners and the Board of Education.

Any salary changes would have to be approved by the General Assembly and would not be available to incumbents unless they were re-elected.

The salary panel won't necessarily suggest raises. Its job is to study existing salary levels to determine whether they are appropriate.

The commissioners did not comment on their salaries during a short discussion before they appointed members to the salary commission Tuesday.

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The salary commission will meet for the first time by April, County Attorney Richard Douglas said. The commission is required to issue salary recommendations to the County Commissioners by Sept. 1, when the panel members' terms end.

The County Commissioners are required to issue recommendations to the local delegation to the Maryland General Assembly by Sept. 15.

The earliest the legislature could approve any changes would be during the next session.

The County Commissioners make $20,000 a year and the president makes $20,500, Douglas said.

Board of Education members make $4,800 a year and the board president makes $4,900.

The commission will also consider new salaries for Orphans' Courts judges, the state's attorney, treasurer, Board of Supervisors of Elections and Board of Liquor License Commissioners, Douglas said.

The following people were appointed to the salary commission on Tuesday:

- Rick Hemphill, representing the Democratic Party Central Committee of Washington County.

- Victoria Nelson, representing the Republican Central Committee of Washington County.

- Robert Jeffers of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.

- R. Matthew Harsh of the Washington County Farm Bureau.

- Patricia Brown of the League of Women Voters of Washington County.

- James E. Stewart Jr. of Central Maryland AFL-CIO Council.

- Donald Metz of the Washington County Taxpayers Association.

- Jenny Bellioti and Scott Nicewarner of the Washington County Council of PTAs.

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