GO Item 1
February 2, 2016
Government Operations and Fiscal Policy COmmiT\
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Bill 51-15, Non-merit employees
Salary Schedule - Established
Bill 51-15, Non-merit employees - Salary Schedule - Established, sponsored by Lead
Sponsor Councilmember Leventhal and Co-sponsors Councilmembers EIrich and Rice, was
introduced on December 8,2015. There were no speakers at the January 12 public hearing.
Bill 51-15 would establish a salary schedule for heads ofdepartments and principal offices,
and other non-merit employees. The Bill would require the Executive to propose a salary schedule
for heads of departments and principal offices, and other non-merit employees in the Executive
Branch for approval by the Council as part of the annual operating budget for the County
government. The Bill would also require the Council to establish a salary schedule for non-merit
employees in the Legislative Branch as part ofthe operating budget. Non-merit employees would
be paid a salary within the appropriate salary schedule. The Bill would permit the Executive to
exceed the salary schedule established for a position for an individual employee, subject to Council
approval, if the Executive finds that it is necessary to attract or retain a senior leader for a specific
position. The Lead Sponsor, Councilmember Leventhal explained the purpose of the Bill in a
memorandum to his colleagues at ©5 and added some additional information in a February 1
memorandum at ©9.
The County needs a compensation system designed to attract and retain highly competent
senior leaders as heads of departments and principal offices, and other non-merit employees.
also important to ensure that the compensation system is in line with other competing
The Council's Office of Legislative Oversight (OLO) recently issued
Memorandum Report 2016-1,
Comparative Data on High-Level Manager Salaries.
can be viewed at:
http://\\''\\w.montgomervcountymd.gov/O LO/ResourcesIFiles120 15 Reports/OLOMemorandum
Report2016-I.pdf. OLO found that salaries for County non-merit employees was the highest in
the Washington-Baltimore region and higher than most non-local jurisdictions surveyed. The
Chief Administrative Officer's comments and the response to the CAO's comments from OLO
can be viewed at: