Annapolis briefs

March 10, 2006|by TAMELA BAKER

Bill seeks to raise minimum age for correctional officers

The House Judiciary Committee is considering legislation to raise the minimum age for correctional officers from 18 to 21.

Del. Charles Barkley, D-Montgomery and a former Hagerstown resident, is the lead sponsor of the bill. Correctional officers around the state have complained that the current age of 18 is too young given the demands of the job.

Mary Ann Saar, secretary of Public Safety and Correctional Services, recently noted that the current age requirements were in place before she was appointed.

According to research by the Department of Legislative Services, 219 applicants younger than 21 were hired last year.

County would get more attorneys,fire police under bill

Washington County Delegation Chairman Christopher B. Shank presented bills to the House Environmental Matters Committee on Thursday that would permit the county to hire more than one attorney, and to allow the appointment of more fire police.


Washington County Sheriff Charles F. Mades asked for authority to appoint more than three fire police per fire company, saying that growth in Boonsboro and Smithsburg has prompted requests for more fire police.

No one opposed either bill.

The committee will vote on whether to send the bills to the full House for approval.

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