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Five Harford department heads, one deputy receive $2,500 merit raises

Director of Administration Billy Boniface was among five Harford County government department heads and one deputy director who received $2,500 merit raises, effective Jan. 1. The raises were authorized by Harford County Executive Barry Glassman.

Eight other department heads and six deputy directors received $1,000 raises at the start of the new year.

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The raises increase each recipient's annual salary going forward, according to the county administration, which said each department head and his or her deputies will be eligible to receive future increases on a calendar year basis, if they meet targeted goals set for them.

Boniface, who was president of the Harford County Council from 2006 to 2014, is considered Glassman's top aide. With his raise, his annual salary increases to $131,500.

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The other department heads who received $2,500 raises and their new salaries are Treasurer Robert Sandless, $127,500; Director of Economic Development Karen Holt, $117,500; Housing Director Leonard Parrish, $108,000; and Planning and Zoning Director Bradley Killian, $107,500.

Department heads receiving $1,000 merit raises and their new salaries are County Attorney Melissa Lambert, $136,000; Director of Human Resources James Richardson, $132,066; Director of Emergency Services Edward Hopkins, $124,500; Director of Information and Community Technology Ted Pibil, $121,000; Director of Inspections, Licenses and Permits Paul Lawder, $110,000; Director of Parks and Recreation James Malone, $106,000; and Director of Community Services Amber Shrodes, $106,000.

Rick Ayers, the deputy director of emergency services, was the only deputy director to receive a $2,500 merit raise. His new salary is $111,686.

The deputy directors who received $1,000 merit raises and their new salaries are Joel Caudill, public works water sewer, $125,862; Scott Kearby, public works construction management; Jenny King, planning and zoning, $102,500; Tiffany Stephens, human resources, $96,000; Richard Truitt, inspections, licenses and permits, $90,276; and Steven Overbay, economic development, $90,000.

A total of $29,000 was budgeted for the increases, county administration spokesperson Cindy Mumby said last month.

The raises are based on a director or deputy director's performance for a full calendar year and are tied to meeting goals established by Glassman for each department, Mumby explained, noting that those receiving the raises have been with the county since Glassman took office in December 2014. She noted that the evaluations will be done annually and that performance goals will change accordingly.

Mumby joined the new administration as a deputy director of her department. She was promoted to director in September when the previous director of government and community relations, Bret Schreiber, resigned in June. Mumby's salary is $105,000 a year.

The administration has one vacancy at the department head level, public works, following the December resignation of Tim Whittie, who left to become DPW director for the City of Havre de Grace.

Full-time, non-appointed employees in the county administration, of which there are 824, received the $1,000 merit-based salary increases for the 2015-2016 fiscal year, if they earned a "satisfactory employee evaluation," Mumby said. The county budgeted $987,553 in the current budget for those increases, which took effect July 1.

Glassman received a nearly 25 percent increase in his annual salary, from $105,136 to $130,983, on July 1, seven months after he took office.

Most of the raise came through legislation, approved by the county council during the summer of 2014, that increased the next county executive's annual base salary from $90,000 to $130,000. Boniface was one of two co-sponsors of the executive pay raise bill, which was vetoed by then-County Executive David Craig, but subsequently overridden by the council.

The county executive is also eligible for annual cost of living increases tied to the Consumer Price Index. As a result, Glassman's salary increased $938 on July 1, 2015, representing a 0.756 percent increase in the CPI, according to information provided by the county executive's office last summer.

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Mumby noted last month that non-appointed employees will continue to be considered for future merit-based raises on a fiscal year schedule, while the appointed directors and deputy directors will receive any future merit raises on a calendar year schedule.

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