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City employee resigns after being overpaid by $176,200

A Baltimore City employee resigned after being overpaid by $176,200, nearly double her salary.

Sarah Morris-Compton, who was hired in September 2011 to lead the Health Department's Office of Policy and Planning, will repay the city, said Kevin R. Harris, a spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

An agreement between Morris-Compton and the city shows she will repay $176,200 in overpaid wages, although the city's online salary database shows she was overpaid $130,600. The reason for the discrepancy is unclear. Morris-Compton's salary for both 2012 and 2013 was set at $90,000.

The settlement, obtained by the Baltimore Sun Wednesday, shows Morris-Compton will repay $1,875 a month.

Harris said Morris-Compton's salary was coded wrong in the system. A system-wide evaluation later showed that the coding problem with her salary was the only such error.

Morris-Compton, who resigned effective Nov. 8, declined to comment through her attorney, Joyce Smithey, of Annapolis.

"The circumstances of Ms. Morris-Compton's salary were reviewed by the city, and it was determined that she had in fact been overpaid by the city in error," Harris and Smithey said in a joint statement.

"Ms. Morris-Compton and the city promptly and proactively worked together to resolve the matter. A settlement agreement has been reached, and the funds will be repaid to the city."

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