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William Kelly
Looking for savings, counties spend more on tech staff

Three years ago, Baltimore County technology director Robert Stradling's salary barely cracked the top 10 highest-paid county employees. Now, thanks to a $40,000 pay raise over the last few years, he's the third-highest-paid employee, falling below only State's Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger and Police Chief Jim Johnson, according to an analysis by The Baltimore Sun. Stradling's rising salary reflects the heightened role that technology directors and information systems managers play in counties and municipalities these days. In short, keeping tech-savvy employees isn't cheap. With an eye on greater cost savings, county officials have turned to technology to...

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