UPPER MARLBORO—The Prince George’s County Council and County Executive may be getting pay raises based on the recommendations of the Prince George’s County Compensation Review Board. The County Council introduced a bill, based on the recommendations, at its meeting Tuesday, which would raise the salaries for council, the chairman, the vice chairman and the county […]
UPPER MARLBORO—The Prince George’s County Council and County Executive may be getting pay raises based on the recommendations of the Prince George’s County Compensation Review Board.
The County Council introduced a bill, based on the recommendations, at its meeting Tuesday, which would raise the salaries for council, the chairman, the vice chairman and the county executive.
The Compensation Review Board performed a study at the request of the County Council. Part of the review involved comparing the salaries of the administration within the county were compared to other counties across the state, according to the board’s report.
After completing its review, the board recommended the council and county executive get five percent raises on their income in fiscal year 2014 and fiscal year 2015 starting on the first Monday in December of this year. In fiscal years 2016 and 2017 they will receive an increase equal to the increase in the Consumer Price Index for the Washington-Baltimore area for September or $3,000, whichever is greater, according to the study the Compensation Review Board conducted.
County Councilmembers currently make $103,716 after receiving a raise last year. County Executive Rushern Baker III’s salary is $187,753 after receiving a raise last year.
“This is exactly what the compensation commission recommended,” said Robert Williams, the county council administrator. “The first two years, there is a set financial amount increase. Subsequent to that, it will be set on the CPI that comes out earlier in the year.”
The compensation of the council chair will be fixed at 5 percent per year in excess of the other council members and the compensation of the vice chair will be fixed at 2.5 percent per year in excess of the other council members.
The Compensation Review Board unanimously approved of the recommendations with an 8-0 vote. The eight members that voted are William D. Missouri, Camille Exum, Terri Bacote-Charles, Kenneth Battle, Jr., Jacqueline Brown, Bradley Frome, Joseph Hamlin and Rosalyn Pugh.
The Compensation Review Board said its recommendations for pay increases were made to incentivize and keep people in public service within Prince George’s County.
Councilwoman Mary Lehman voiced concerns about the policy and possible confusion on it.
“Whatever the change is from July to July, it just seems like it goes faster,” Lehman said. “I get the September part versus July when it’s evaluated. But first there’s the December date in there, but then there’s the September date. Maybe I’m getting too much into the weeds of this.”
Scott Peterson, Baker’s spokesman, said the increases in pay are based off of the recommendations from the Compensation Review Board.
“The reason for the pay increase is in accordance with the recommendations from the charter review commission,” Peterson said.
The salaries of county council members in Montgomery County are currently at $99,069, although the Montgomery County Council passed a bill October to raise its salary from $104,000 to $136,000 over the next four years, a 25-percent bump in pay.
In Washington, D.C. the salary of council members are $128,000.
The salary for the county executive in Montgomery County is currently $180,250 and the salary for the mayor of Washington, D.C, is currently $200,000.