Simms gets raise police OK contract

October 07, 1994|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Sun Staff Writer

Baltimore State's Attorney Stuart O. Simms will get a 32.3 percent pay raise, boosting his salary from $74,000 to $97,900.

Without discussion, the city's Board of Estimates unanimously approved Mr. Simms' raise at its meeting Wednesday. A document requesting board approval said the position last received a salary increase in 1987. It also noted that although his office prosecutes the bulk of Maryland's criminal cases, his salary ranked 10th among state's attorneys in Maryland.

Meanwhile, city police officers Wednesday ratified a new contract, accepting the city's offer of a 3 percent pay raise, retroactive to July 1, and a 5 1/4 -percent raise starting next July. The officers voted 812 to 319 to accept the same proposal they had turned down in August. Officers' salaries start at $23,000 a year and reach about $34,000.

Mr. Simms becomes the latest high-ranking city official to receive a raise this year.

Schools Superintendent Walter G. Amprey received a $15,000 raise in June, increasing his salary to $140,000. The salaries of city Solicitor Neal M. Janey and Public Works Director George G. Balog were increased from $75,000 to $108,600 in the spring.

Mr. Simms' raise will take effect at the start of 1995. The board also approved 2.5 percent annual increases for the following three years.

Mr. Simms has been the city's chief prosecutor since 1987.

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