Hayden's salary lower than that of top officer

November 18, 1992|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Staff Writer

Sometimes symbolic acts produce unintended outcomes.

For example, the result of Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden's refusal to be paid at his official salary is that he'll make $10,000 less than his administrative officer.

On Dec. 1, Merreen E. Kelly, the county's highest appointed official, will get a $4,900 raise that will increase his annual salary to $84,900.

The raise comes about because of a May 1991 agreement between Mr. Hayden and the County Council, which controls the administrative officer's pay. According to the agreement, each time the executive gets a pay raise during Mr. Hayden's term, the county administrative officer also gets a raise.

The plan was intended to keep the administrative officer's salary $5,000 under the executive's.

However, Mr. Hayden, who used the executive's salary as a campaign issue in 1990, has never accepted his official salary. The only pay raise Mr. Hayden has accepted is the 4 percent across-the-board pay increase all county employees received last year. Though he is being paid $75,920 a year, Mr. Hayden is making nearly $20,000 less than his official pay.

Yesterday he said he will not accept his scheduled December pay raise, which would put his official salary at $95,100. So, although Mr. Hayden's agreement with the council was intended to keep Mr. Kelly's pay $5,000 under his own, his actions mean Mr. Kelly makes more than he does, though still $10,000 less than his official pay.

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