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No action on deputies' pay hike

April 18, 2001

No action on deputies' pay hike



By SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

Two proposals to increase Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies' salaries were rejected by the County Commissioners Tuesday at the recommendation of Human Resources Director Alan J. Davis.

The commissioners did not comments on Davis' recommendation but decided not to act on the proposals.

Sheriff's Department representatives were not present during the discussion.

At a March 27 meeting, the commissioners heard two pay proposals for the Sheriff's Department that together would have cost $706,712 annually.

Patrol and judicial personnel requested their pay be set at 90 percent of the average of their counterparts in Frederick County.

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Detention Division employees wanted their pay scale to match that of patrol and judicial personnel, who received a larger raise than Detention Division employees last year.

Frederick County law enforcement personnel make well above the statewide average, with wages comparable to Howard, Montgomery and St. Mary's counties, Davis said.

"To peg our wages at 90 percent of Frederick or any other entity for that matter, would be inappropriate," Davis wrote in a staff report to the commissioners.

As for the detention center request, Davis said the chief competition for qualified personnel is the state prison complex and the county's wages are equal to or greater than positions at the three prisons south of Hagerstown.

"Frederick County is an anomaly when doing a Western Maryland wage comparison as they appear to have the highest paid corrections personnel" in Maryland, Davis wrote.

Under the proposed county budget, all county employees, including Sheriff's Department personnel, would get a 3 percent salary increase.

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