Ocean City Today

Worcester Co. commissioners forgo raises during next term

By Brian Gilliland | Nov 30, 2017

(Dec. 1, 2017) The Worcester County Commissioners could have received a small raise next fiscal year, but last Tuesday opted not to accept the 1.5 percent increase to which they were entitled.

The 2005 resolution that set the commissioners’ salaries at $25,000 allows them to tie their salaries to the pay adjustments the county employees received during the previous commissioners’ term.

Consequently, if the employees get a bump during the four-year term of one set of commissioners, the commissioners in the next term can get one as well. Further, the effect is cumulative, so as county employees’ paychecks increase over a four-year period, so too does the potential increase to the commissioners’ salaries. This is providing the commissioners agree to it do it.

They elected not to invoke the formula for the four-year term that began in 2006, even though it would have meant a raise of more than $3,000. They did decide to take the $1,000 boost the employee pay schedule generated for them in the subsequent four years, but took a pass this time around.

According to a memo to the board from Assistant County Administrator Kelly Shannahan, employees received a half-percent cost-of-living adjustment in fiscal 2015 and a one-percent increase for this fiscal year. No adjustments were made to county staff salaries in fiscal 2016 and 2017.

Based on those figures, the commissioners were entitled to a 1.5 percent increase, or $390, starting in the next fiscal year. However, the commissioners voted 6-0, with Commissioner Joe Mitrecic absent, to waive the raises for the next term.

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