Pay cut for MVA brass?

March 05, 1992|By John Frece

ANNAPOLIS -- Angered by "lapses in procedures" in issuing ID cards and licenses, a Senate committee yesterday penalized top Motor Vehicle Administration officials by voting to cut their pay.

The Budget and Taxation Committee voted to reduce by one pay step the salaries of Motor Vehicle Administrator W. Marshall Rickert, his deputy administrator and four associate administrators -- a total cut of $10,829.

Mr. Rickert's $78,247 annual salary would be cut by $2,279.

"In addition to receiving a poor audit rating, the agency has apparently not been diligent in assuring that its employees are following procedures for replacing driver's licenses and identification cards," the Senate panel wrote in the budget. "The committees believe that managers at the MVA must be held accountable for the lapses in procedures."

The action stems from allegations that an 18-year-old Baltimore man obtained a duplicate driver's license in the name of a man he's charged with killing.

The MVA has temporarily stopped issuing identification cards until a system is devised to reduce the risk of fraud.

Deputy Transportation Secretary Stephen G. Zentz said the department will try to have the action reversed by the House of Delegates.

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