Hayden's guards rack up the OT 2 Balto. Co. officers paid for 551 hours' overtime last year.

February 19, 1992|By Roger Twigg | Roger Twigg,Staff Writer

Two police officers assigned to guard Baltimore County Executive Roger Hayden last year accumulated 551 hours' overtime totaling $16,618, according to a county police spokesman.

Mr. Hayden is the state's only county executive to receive around-the-clock police protection.

His bodyguards, Officers Kirk G. McCleary and Woodrow J. Klein, received base pay for 1991 of $39,499 and $41,414 respectively. In addition, Officer McCleary received $9,348 in overtime -- which increased his pay to $48,847 -- and Officer Klein $7,270 in overtime, taking his pay to $48,684, county police spokesman Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger said.

Belt-tightening measures, including five-day unpaid furloughs, have sparked grumbling in department ranks. Some officers also are unhappy over the bodyguards' overtime pay.

"That's a lot of money," said Lt. Tim Caslin, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 4. "It seems unbelievable they [county officials] would spend that much money. Perhaps, we should rotate people so other officers could benefit."

Sergeant Doarnberger defended the practice.

"The protection of the county executive is a major concern," the spokesman said. "His [the county executive's] schedule doesn't always fit into an eight-hour day. They serve at his pleasure."

Officer McCleary was paid for 320 hours' overtime and Officer Klein for 231 hours, Sergeant Doarnberger said.

Mr. Hayden said he reluctantly accepted the special security at the insistence of Police Chief Cornelius J. Behan, who, Mr. Hayden said, expressed concern over the county executive's safety.

While Mr. Hayden has two bodyguards, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke has 15 officers assigned to him. The security detail requires an annual budget of $550,000.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer has a security detail with a wide range of duties. It costs $1.8 million annually to maintain the 29-member force.

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