8 officials in line for raises ranging from 3% to 15%

February 02, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

Carroll legislators voted yesterday to give eight elected county officials pay raises that range from 3 percent for county commissioners to 15 percent for Orphans Court judges.

The raises would take effect in January 1995, when candidates elected in November will assume office.

The six Carroll delegation members -- three Republicans and three Democrats -- met in Annapolis to vote on the raises. They also voted to give the sheriff a 7 percent raise and the state's attorney a 4 percent raise.

Carroll's three Orphans Court judges had asked for a 46 percent raise, and State's Attorney Thomas E. Hickman had asked for a 37 percent raise.

The commissioners and sheriff did not request the raises, said Del. Richard C. Matthews, R-District 5A, who chairs the county delegation.

The Carroll delegation considers raises every four years for certain state employees who work in the county, Mr. Matthews said.

He said he will introduce a bill in the House for the raises tomorrow, and a date will be set for a public hearing on it. Such local bills usually are enacted by the General Assembly if the local delegation approves them.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer said in his State of the State address last month that he wants to give state workers a 3 percent raise in the next fiscal year.

The Carroll delegation voted to raise the state's attorney's salary from $60,000 a year to $62,500.

Mr. Hickman, a Republican who is running for re-election, said the state's attorney should be paid the same as a District Court judge -- $82,000.

The delegation voted to increase the Orphans Court judges' salaries to $7,500 a year from $6,500 and increase their travel allowances to $200 a year from $100.

The judges, all Republicans, had asked for salary increases to $9,500 and increases in their travel expenses to $500 a year.

The judges -- Walter T. Haines Jr., Albert Selby and Harrison E. Utz -- review estates, ensure that wills are properly executed and settle disputes over estates.

The legislators voted to increase the county commissioners' salary to $31,000 a year from $30,000.

Commissioners Donald I. Dell, a Republican, and Elmer C. Lippy, a Democrat, have said they will run for re-election. Commissioner Julia W. Gouge, also a Republican, said she is considering running for a delegate seat.

Del. Richard N. Dixon, a D-District 5A, said he proposed a $2,000-a-year raise for the commissioners.

Mr. Matthews said he asked Mr. Dell and Mr. Lippy for suggestions about a raise for the commissioners, but they would not give him any.

The legislators voted to increase the sheriff's salary to $37,500 a year from $35,000. Sheriff John H. Brown, a Republican, is running for a second term.

Del. Donald B. Elliott, R-District 4B, said he wanted to increase the sheriff's salary to $40,000 a year.

"I felt he was entitled to more," Mr. Elliott said.

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