Pay raise for Frederick commissioners killed


The Frederick County Commissioners will seek a raise after the 2010 election, but it won’t be as high as one commissioner wanted.

Commissioner David Gray, who describes himself as unlikely to run for re-election in 2010, originally proposed a raise from the $45,000 current salary to $75,000.

He wanted to tie further increases to an index, like a cost of living index, so commissioners would not have to go through a political process to get them.

The commissioner salary is set by the Maryland General Assembly, and is available for the following term after a raise is approved.

Gray’s fellow commissioners argued against his proposal, saying state lawmakers would never approve such a big jump.

Instead, they decided Tuesday to request that the current commissioners’ salary be tied to the consumer price index, or to the salary of state lawmakers, which is set by an independent salary commission every four years.

Their deliberations took place as the commissioners started to whittle down a long list of priorities they will send to the county’s delegation of state lawmakers for the 2009 General Assembly session.

Gray was disappointed in their decision.

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