Advertisement

Bill to raise sheriff's pay questioned

March 12, 2009|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

ANNAPOLIS -- Proposed legislation that would increase the Washington County Sheriff's salary to $88,000 in 2012 caused one state lawmaker to question why a sheriff would receive a raise given the current economic situation.

A bill to increase the sheriff's salary from $80,000 was heard Thursday by the General Assembly's House Environmental Matters Committee. No action was taken.

"It looks like (sheriffs) are the only ones getting raises in the world," said Del. Anne Healey, D-Prince George's. Lawmakers heard requests during the current legislative session for raises for eight to 10 county sheriffs, she said.

Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Washington/Allegany, presented the bill on behalf of Washington County's delegation to the Maryland General Assembly. Along with the sheriff's raise, the bill would allow the Washington County Commissioners, rather than state lawmakers, to decide future raises.

Advertisement

Sens. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, and Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, have said they are concerned about the latter portion of the bill.

Washington County Commissioners President John F. Barr has said the board welcomes the opportunity to set the sheriff's salary.

A bill proposed last week would have raised the county sheriff's pay to $105,000 beginning in 2010. That scale, recommended by Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore, would have made the sheriff the highest-paid employee in the Sheriff's Department. The bill heard Thursday would not.

Barr has said the Hagerstown Police chief makes 30 percent more than the county sheriff, who has twice the amount of duties.

The Herald-Mail Articles
|
|
|