Balto. County Council rejects pay raise for next administrator

February 04, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Baltimore County Council voted last night against giving a pay raise to the next chief administrative officer - even before County Executive James T. Smith Jr. had officially requested one for his nominee.

Council Chairman Kevin B. Kamenetz had proposed a resolution to increase the salary of Beverley Swaim-Staley to $140,000 from $115,000.

But last night, he was among the four council members who opposed the raise for Smith's choice for the job.

"The resolution was premature," said Smith spokeswoman Elise Armacost.

The proposed salary for Swaim-Staley was in line with the chief administrative officer position in other jurisdictions, she said.

Kamenetz said Smith had indicated he had the votes to secure the salary for his nominee.

"The proposed nominee indicated her primary [requirement] for taking the position was having this salary," said Kamenetz, adding he thought it was best to get the issue resolved right away.

If confirmed by the County Council, Swaim-Staley, the deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation, would be the second woman to hold the post, which has duties similar to those of a city manager.

She would directly supervise all county department heads and prepare Smith's budget.

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