Glendening asking raises for top aides

January 25, 1995|By Frank Langfitt | Frank Langfitt,Sun Staff Writer

Gov. Parris N. Glendening will ask the Board of Public Works today to raise the salaries of several top aides by about $10,000 and that of his chief of staff by approximately $30,000.

Under the proposal, Major F. Riddick Jr., the governor's chief of staff, would receive $118,421. That is about $30,000 more than his predecessor under William Donald Schaefer, Paul E. Schurick.

Frederick W. Puddester, who served as deputy budget secretary under Mr. Schaefer, would see his salary rise from $88,610 to $98,570 as a deputy chief of staff overseeing budget matters for Mr. Glendening.

The salary of Buddy W. Roogow, who served as state operations director for Governor Schaefer, would go from $82,046 to $92,912 as a deputy chief of staff.

Mr. Riddick said the governor wants to raise the salaries to attract and keep high-quality people who might be lured to private jobs by more money. Mr. Glendening also is elevating the jobs to Cabinet level and wants the salaries to reflect additional responsibilities, Mr. Riddick said.

"We're expecting them to go out and work very hard," he said.

The governor intends to do all this at a yearly savings of $43,000. Mr. Glendening will cut 10 positions from his allotted staff of 91 to pay for the salary increases.

Mr. Riddick noted that he personally is taking a pay cut from the $127,000 he was receiving as Mr. Glendening's chief of staff in Prince George's County.

In the wake of November's election in which many voted for less government, Mr. Riddick said, he thinks the pay raises and reduction of staff fit in with public sentiment.

"I think what people are looking for is an efficient running, smaller government," said Mr. Riddick. "Efficient running, smaller government means making sure you have the best and brightest talent."

The Board of Public Works, on which the governor sits, is scheduled to consider the proposal this morning. The other two members, state Treasurer Lucille Maurer and state Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein, said they planned to approve the raises.

"They're all top-notch people," said Mr. Goldstein. "People with that kind of responsibility would easily double [in the private sector] what they make [with] the state."

Members of the legislature's fiscal leadership said they had no objections, either.

"It's legitimate, if he wants to reorganize and have fewer people running around the second floor" of the State House, said Sen. Barbara A. Hoffman, D-Baltimore, who chairs the Budget & Taxation Committee.

Although Mr. Glendening has proposed limiting cost of living raises for state employees to 2 percent, a union leader interviewed this week said he thought the salary increases for top staff were reasonable.

John F. X. O'Brien, executive director of the Maryland Classified Employees Association, said that if the governor's closest aides are going to have the same responsibility as Cabinet secretaries, they should receive comparable pay.

Salaries for Cabinet secretaries begin around $90,000 and go as high as $118,000. The governor is paid $120,000 annually.

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