It’s only January 7, but Baltimore’s elected officials have already gotten a pay raise for the year.
Effective last Wednesday, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s salary jumped from $185,000 to just under $190,000.
Comptroller Joan Pratt and City Council President Brandon M. Scott will each see a $3,000 pay increase in 2020, from $122,387 to $125,447.
Council Vice President Sharon Green Middleton’s salary has risen from $78,679 to $80,646, while the pay for other Council members climbed from slightly above $71,000 to $73,000.
Under city and state law, Baltimore’s elected officials are entitled to an automatic 2.5% pay raise so long as at least one unionized employee group gets a pay raise for the year.
In the most recent city budget, AFSCME employees received a 3% cost of living adjustment.
While the new salaries for electeds have already gone into effect, they will be officially noted at tomorrow’s Board of Estimates meeting.
The $200,000 Club
The mayor’s salary is far from the highest in city government.
Michael S. Harrison, hired last February as Baltimore’s police commissioner, occupies that position, getting $275,000 a year under a five-year contract.
In addition to Harrison, 23 city employees earned more than $200,000 last year, according to online salary records reviewed by The Brew.
Seventeen members of the “$200,000 Club” were sworn police officers, who each received $100,000 or more in overtime over the course of the year.
The parade of overtime recipients was led by Sgt. Ethan R. Newburg, who is currently under indictment for assault, false imprisonment and misconduct in office based on a review of body camera footage by city prosecutors.
He was paid $260,775 in FY19, of which $152,968, or nearly 60%, came from overtime.
Top-paid salaried jobs (without overtime) in the city were held by State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby ($238,772), Finance Director Henry Raymond ($216,595), Fire Chief Niles R. Ford ($210,000), and Housing Commissioner Michael Braverman ($202,000).
Among Young’s staff, Anthony R. Smith collected the fattest paycheck last year – $243,747 as deputy director of the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management (MOEM), mostly through overtime.