From the Harford County Deputy Sheriff’s Union:
On June 10, 2016, the Harford County Deputy Sheriff’s Union started a petition drive in an attempt to obtain collective bargaining with binding arbitration between deputies and Harford County. Members were hard at work collecting signatures from very supportive citizens and were on track to collect the required 10,000 signatures when new information was brought to light by Union legal counsel.
According to an Attorney General’s opinion dated November 1991, “The law is clear and consistent that the Sheriff and employees of the Sheriff’s Office in Harford County are State, not Harford County employees. The County Council of Harford County does not have the authority to establish a merit system for the Sheriff’s Office; to place the Sheriff’s Office within the County merit system; or to authorize a form of collective bargaining for employees of the Sheriff’s Office. This can only be done by the General Assembly of Maryland.”
In view of this information, the Harford County Deputy Sheriff’s Union is suspending the petition drive and will begin focusing our efforts on the 2017 legislative session in Annapolis. The members of the Deputy Sheriff’s Union would like to thank everyone who took the time to talk with us and sign our petition, and to thank everyone who volunteered their time and effort in circulating the petition on our behalf.
The support that the citizens of Harford County have shown their deputies is truly overwhelming and is especially appreciated in these troubling times.
For further information, contact President Mike Montalvo at email@example.com.