Baltimore's spending board unanimously approved an eight-year contract with Police Commissioner-designate Anthony W. Batts at its meeting Wednesday morning.

The contract calls for Batts to receive a salary of $190,000, the same that Batts' predecessor Frederick H. Bealefeld III received when he was appointed to the post five years ago. It's a pay cut for Batts, who has a doctorate of public administration and made about $250,000 commanding a smaller force in Oakland, Calif., and about $225,000 in Long Beach, where he spent his 30-year career.

Bealefeld's highest level of education was high school, and he received a $30,000 pay increase over Leonard D. Hamm.

In Baltimore, the police commissioner position carries a six-year term. Batts will serve out the remainder of Bealefeld's term, which ends 2014, and will be appointed to his own term that runs through 2020.

Bealefeld's contract was approved after he was confirmed by the City Council — confirmation hearings for Batts have not yet been scheduled. He is expected to start work here Sept. 27.

Batts' contract largely mirrors his predecessor's, though it states that he could be allowed to seek outside paid employment with approval of the mayor's office. Batts will also be entitled to a $190,000 lump sum payout if his contract is terminated without cause.

jfenton@baltsun.com


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