Ca President's Pay Raised To $103,248

Board Of Directors Names 3 New Members

April 25, 1997|By Dan Morse | Dan Morse,SUN STAFF

The Columbia Association's board of directors voted last night to give CA President Padraic M. Kennedy a 5 percent raise, bringing his annual salary to $103,248.

Also last night, the 10-member board appointed three new members and voted to send a letter to the Rouse Co. asking the developer to place more affordable housing in the new River Hill village.

Each year, the board evaluates Kennedy's performance and sets his salary. Since 1988, when his salary was $87,285, Kennedy's salary has risen steadily. His raise this year was greater than years past, but he did not receive a bonus, which had been as high as $11,174 in previous years.

Board member Hope Sachwald, chairwoman of the evaluation committee, said Kennedy is underpaid compared with many county officials and chief executives of nonprofit companies.

By comparison, Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker makes $86,375 annually, and Howard County schools Superintendent Michael E. Hickey, $121,740.

Sachwald, of Harper's Choice village, said Kennedy is quietly effective: "I think it's really deceptive. He's been here a long time, and he makes it look easy."

Kennedy has served as president of the homeowners association for 25 years. He oversees a full-time staff of 185 employees, and he will administer a new annual budget of $49 million in operating and capital expenses.

Eight board members voted in favor of the raise. Two abstained: Ken Puckett of Dorsey's Search, who was absent, and Alex Hekimian of Oakland Mills.

In the past, Hekimian and others in Columbia have said Kennedy and his staff have too much control over the 10-member board.

The three board members elected last weekend are Chuck Rees of Kings Contrivance, Cecilia Januszkiewicz of Long Reach and Jean Friedberg of Hickory Ridge.

Pub Date: 4/25/97

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