Baltimore Sun

Raises for officials in Balto. Co. proposed

Executive, council, top administra­tor would get nearly 10% hikes

- By Alison Knezevich

The Baltimore County executive, the top county administra­tive officer and members of the County Council would receive raises under legislatio­n introduced Monday night. A cap on council members’ pensions also would be removed under one measure.

The officials would see their pay increase roughly 10% under the proposals.

County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr.’s administra­tion introduced two separate pieces of legislatio­n addressing the salaries of the county executive and administra­tive officer. Another bill by Council Chairman Julian Jones would give raises to the seven-member council.

The county executive’s salary would increase from $175,000 to $192,000.

The council members’ pay would rise from $70,000 to $77,000for the chairperso­n, and from $62,500 to $69,000 for other members.

And the county administra­tive officer’s salary would go from $240,000 to $263,000.

If approved, the increases for the county executive and council would take effect in December, when new terms of office begin. Olszewski, a Democrat, and five members of the council are running for reelection.

The raise for the county administra­tive officer would take effect in June 2023.

In addition, the council bill would repeal a cap that says no council member may receive a pension that equals more than 60% of their average final compensati­on. The members’ pension could be calculated based on up to 20 years of service.

Salaries for the council and county executive were last increased in 2014.

The county last raised pay for the administra­tive officer in 2017 under County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, when Fred Homan was county administra­tive officer.

The position is now held by Stacy Rodgers, appointed by Olszewski in 2019.

The amounts of the proposed raises are based on the recommenda­tions of an advisory panel that reviews county officials’ salaries.

Olszewski press secretary Erica Palmisano said the raises are based on increases received by county employees over the past four years, and “the process is governed by state law.”

Jones, the council chairman and a Woodstock Democrat, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

The legislatio­n is set to be discussed Aug. 30, with a vote set for Sept. 6.

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