School officials draw top salaries Names in spotlight not always best paid

May 10, 1998|By Melissa Corley | Melissa Corley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

School Superintendent Carol S. Parham earns the highest salary that Anne Arundel County pays any of its more than 11,000 employees -- $115,000 -- and other school administrators earn the next fattest county paychecks, an analysis of computerized salary records from the county and school board shows.

Associate Superintendent of Business and Management Services Ronald L. Beckett and Associate Superintendent of Instruction and Student Services Kenneth Lawson earn $99,583.

Nancy Mann, assistant superintendent of instruction, earns $92,243. Gregory V. Nourse, acting superintendent of finance, facilities and construction, earns $88,826.

As the County Council considers Anne Arundel's fiscal 1999 budget, the analysis reveals that some of the highest salaries are going not to well-known administrators but to important but unsung officials whose jobs most residents never consider.

The analysis was of salaries only and did not factor in benefits or negotiated perks such as cars.

Aside from administrators in the school board office, these are the county officials earning the most:

Thomas C. Andrews, chief administrative officer, $96,752.

Andrews is County Executive John G. Gary's top aide but earns more than Gary's $84,000. Andrews oversees all county workers and the current budget. He is the liaison between the County Council and other government agencies and would act as county executive in Gary's absence.

Caught in reorganization

Andrews, of Arnold, took this job in May 1997. Before then, he was county health officer, director of utilities, and land-use and environment officer.

Andrews' salary created controversy his first year as land-use and environment officer because he kept the salary from his higher-paying previous position as director of utilities.

The director of utilities position was combined with land-use and environment officer, said E. Hilton Wade Jr., county personnel officer. County employees are allowed to keep higher salaries if they are "demoted" because of such reorganizations, Wade said.

When the Gary administration took over and Andrews was reappointed land-use and environment officer, his salary was reduced by about $10,000, Wade said.

John M. Brusnighan, director of public works, $96,371.

Brusnighan, of Severna Park, oversees 840 employees in charge of county trash collection and disposal; water and wastewater services; snow removal; road and park maintenance; and construction of courthouses, roads and libraries.

Before joining the county in March 1993, Brusnighan served as the chief executive officer of Case Edwards Cos., a Prince George's County developer. He also was vice president and director of marketing for ASB Capital Management, a Washington financial services corporation.

From August 1983 to July 1985, he was general manager of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.

Richard Baker, superintendent of corrections, $92,390.

Baker became superintendent in February 1983. Before that, he

worked for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

As superintendent, he oversees the county's two detention facilities, which house between 750 and to 800 inmates, as well as more than 2,200 people awaiting trial, performing community service or under house arrest.

In 1984, Baker made news when he ordered the county jail to stock more peanut butter after inmates complained that their allotment of one spoonful every two weeks was not enough.

Ardath M. Cade, human services officer, $92,390.

Cade, the wife of the late state Sen. John A. Cade, a Republican from Severna Park, oversees the departments of recreation and parks, aging, health and social services. She promotes urban renewal, community development and cultural activities. It's a job she's held since July 1993. She was planning and zoning officer from 1991 to 1993.

On the state level, Cade was deputy and assistant secretary for the Department of Housing and Community Development and special assistant to the governor.

In Charles County, she was executive director of the Chamber of Commerce and county administrator.

Stephen D. Halford, fire administrator, $92,390.

After serving as acting fire administrator for 15 months, Halford officially took the position in June 1995. He controls the department's $46 million budget, 617 career firefighters and 800 volunteer firefighters.

Ex-volunteer firefighter

He also is the county's director of emergency management and assistant state fire marshal. He started as a volunteer firefighter in Glen Burnie.

Halford originally wanted to be a police officer, but at 5 feet 4 inches, he was told he was too short. He switched from a law enforcement major to fire science technology and management at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Jerome W. Klasmeier, central services director, $92,390.

Klasmeier, of Crownsville, became central services director in July 1991. Before then, he served as deputy secretary of general services for the state.

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