by Lisa Tome
Cecil County councilman Mike Dunn isn't budging.
Dunn is not in favor of increasing the salary of the Cecil County Sheriff above the current $71,500. The sheriff's salary is set by code in contrast to salaries of those who lead other county departments.
County Executive Tari Moore is recommending that the salary be raised.
The Cecil County delegation wants unanimous support before making a move.
Dunn said he reviewed the issue and wants to take no action. "I agree," said Councilwoman Diana Broomell. She said now is not the time to take on new costs.
Council woman Joyce Bowlsbey said that deputies serving under the sheriff earn more than he does. George "Mickey" Tarr, the county's Director of Law Enforcement, earns $84,448 per year, and reports to the sheriff. Mary Allen, the county's Deputy Director of Corrections earns $62,275 per year. Detention Center Director Randy Rudy earns $69,138 annually. Jeffrey Clewer, who directs Community Corrections, earns $90,230 per year.
Bowlsbey suggested the county raise the sheriff's salary by $4,000. "Four thousand is not going to sink this county," she said.
"If we pay less, we get less," said Council man Alan McCarthy. He also said the sheriff hasn't gotten a raise in eight years. McCarthy also suggested a bonus for the sheriff's performance.
"The voters evaluate the performance," said Council president Robert Hodge.
"This just isn't the year (to raise it). Put it off another year," said Broomell. Broomell said that other county employees get a one percent raise. In fiscal year 2013, deputies received a one percent cost of living adjustment.
The sheriff oversees a budget of $18.7 million per year.
Other county officials and their fiscal year 2013 salary and budget responsibility for fiscal year 2014:
County Executive Tari Moore earns $98,000 per year and is technically responsible for oversight of 100 percent of the county budget.
County Council members Robert Hodge, Diana Broomell, Joyce Bowlsbey, Alan McCarthy, and Mike Dunn earn $25,000 per year and are technically responsible for the entire budget.
County Director of Administration Alfred Wein earns $117,624 and is technically responsible for the entire budget.
Director of Human Resources Donna Nichols earns $89,606 annually. Her budget responsibility is more than $1 million annually.
County Finance Director Winston Robinson earns $90,189 annually and is responsible for $2.7 million annually.
Planning and Zoning Director Eric Sennstrom earns $104.541 annually and oversees more than $1.1 million.
Director of Information Technology Director Scott Mesneak earns $100,859 annually and is responsible for $1.5 million.
Director of Emergency Services Richard Brooks earns $109,429 annually and is responsible for $8.1 million.
Director of Permits and Inspections Patrick Conway earns $100,859 and is responsible for $913,000.
Director of Public Works Scott Flanigan earns $108,410 and is responsible for $22.5 million.
Director of Senior Services and Community Transit David Trolio earns $70,762 and is responsible for $3.2 million.
Director of Parks and Recreation Clyde Van Dyke earns $75,026 and is responsible for $1.1 million.
Director of Housing David Mahaney earns $100,859 and is responsible for $4.7 million.
Director of Economic Development Lisa Webb earns $88,150 and is responsible for $987,431.
State's Attorney Edward D.E. Rollins III earns $120,889 and is responsible for $1.8 million.
The sheriff's salary issue will be studied by council again this week.