Arundel council raises executive's salary

September 15, 2014|By Pamela Wood | The Baltimore Sun

The next county executive for Anne Arundel will make more money than County Executive Laura Neuman.

Members of the Anne Arundel County Council voted 5-2 Monday to raise the executive's annual salary by $3,000 per year over the next four years, bringing the salary from $130,000 to $142,000.

The two men vying for the job — Republican Steve Schuh and Democrat George F. Johnson IV — have said they're not in support of the raise.

The current salary was set by the council in 2009.

Voting in favor of the raise were County Council Chairman John Grasso, a Glen Burnie Republican; Councilman Dick Ladd, a Broadneck Republican; Councilman Chris Trumbauer, an Annapolis Democrat; Councilman Jerry Walker, a Gambrills Republican; and Councilman Jamie Benoit, a Crownsville Democrat.

Councilman Daryl Jones, a Severn Democrat, and Councilman Derek Fink, a Pasadena Republican, voted against the raise.

Initially, Benoit proposed raising the executive's salary to $165,000 over four years. But the councilmen agreed to a proposal from Ladd to cap the salary at $142,000 instead.

Two weeks ago, the councilmen voted against giving themselves a raise. That proposal, also from Benoit, would have bumped a council member's salary from $36,000 to $40,518. The council's chairman and vice chairman, who make slightly more, also would have gotten raises. The bill failed on a 2-5 vote.

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