CUMBERLAND — Allegany County commissioners have adopted the recommendations of a salary study commission that will raise the salaries of orphan’s court judges and the sheriff.
The changes would not begin until candidates elected in the 2014 general election take office. The salaries of county commissioners would not be changed.
The commission recommended an increase of the sheriff’s annual salary to $70,000 in 2015 and a 3 percent increase each year after, with the salary reaching $76,491 in 2018. The current salary is $63,378, according to Allegany County code.
E. William DuVall II was the chairman of the salary study commission and offered the commission’s report at a commission meeting in January.
A raise for the sheriff was needed to “bring our sheriff on a par with those of like counties,” DuVall said.
For orphan’s court judges, the commission recommended the chief judge receive a 3 percent increase in the first year plus $300 for the first year and a 3 percent raise each year thereafter.
For associate judges, the increase would be 3 percent each year. In 2015, the chief judge would earn $5,748.59 and in 2018 would earn $6,281.65. Associate judges would earn $5,448.59 in 2014 and by 2018 would earn $5,953.82.
No salary increases were recommended for members of the board of education, the board of license commissioners (also known as the liquor board), the board of elections and county commissioners.
The incumbent county commissioners told the salary commission that they did not think the position required a raise, DuVall said.
The president of the county commission currently makes (as of January) $32,781 a year, while the remaining commissioners make $31,689, according to the county code. The president of the board of education makes $7,212 each year, while the other board members make $5,900.
Commissioners reached their unanimous decision last week at their regular business meeting.
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