Agenda Item 9B
December 8, 2015
H. Drummer, Senior Legislative
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, is
scheduled to be introduced on December 8,2015. A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for
January 12,2016 at 1:30 p.m.
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 of the 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
memorandum to his colleagues at ©5.
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
organizations. The Council's Office of Legislative Oversight (OLO) recently issued Report 2016
1, Comparative Data on High-Level Manager Salaries.
The Report can be viewed at:
Report20 16-1.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:
LO/Resources/Files/20 16%20Reports/C om binedRespo