5.9% raise approved for police commissioner

April 19, 2007|By Annie Linskey

The Board of Estimates approved yesterday a 5.9 percent pay raise for Baltimore Police Commissioner Leonard D. Hamm, increasing his salary to $162,000 a year.

Hamm was named acting police commissioner in November 2004, after Mayor Martin O'Malley fired Kevin P. Clark. Hamm's salary was set at $153,000 a year and had remained unchanged until now.

"Mayor Dixon has faith and confidence in Commissioner Hamm," said Anthony McCarthy, a spokesman for the mayor. "She demands a lot from him; he's responsive to her."

The minutes from yesterday's Board of Estimates meeting reveal that Hamm agreed to an employment contract with the city, the terms of which were not available yesterday afternoon. Hamm was not available for comment.

Hamm earns less than the city's top prosecutor, State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy. Her salary was increased to $225,000 in January. Dixon earns $125,000 a year.

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