From Harford County Council District E Councilman Richard C. Slutzky:
At Tuesday’s County Council meeting it was my duty as Vice President to introduce legislation regarding salary compensation adjustments sponsored by other members of the Harford County Council. This legislation would adjust the salaries for the new County Executive and members of the Harford County Council elected on November 4th.
I understand the rationale that Harford County Government salaries need to be competitive with other similar jurisdictions and that these salary adjustments cannot be implemented by a sitting council, resulting in no possible increases for the next four years. However, my priority is to focus attention on the county’s human capital and work with the new administration to seek and evaluate every possible opportunity to improve salaries and working conditions for all county employees.
Despite the reasonable justifications stated above, because of the inability of county government to provide salary steps and cost of living increases to county teachers, employees of the Sheriff’s Office and other county employees I will be opposed to this legislation when it comes up for a vote.
Richard C. Slutzky
Harford County Council District E