The town of Bel Air resolved another close election on Monday, and interest in the town administration was piqued by divisive campaigning. The town forum, which The Dagger moderated, was less contentious than most of the campaign despite good questions from town citizens.
Among the questions posed by attendees were several that your moderators determined to be of too specific a nature for a fair and adequate response by the candidates in 90 seconds. With election day behind us, The Dagger has received the following answers from employees of the Town of Bel Air to some of your questions not asked of the candidates during the forum:
(1) Where is the Bel Air police department pay scale relative to the Sheriff’s Office?
In some positions, the starting salary for Bel Air is higher than the Sheriff’s Office, and in other positions, it is the reverse. For officers, corporals, and sergeants, Bel Air’s starting salary is higher, and for an OFC
, the Sheriff’s starting salary is higher.
To compare salaries between jurisdictions you must understand how the pay scales are administered.
Recruits (newly hired employees who must go through the Police Academy) are paid less in the Town of Bel Air than at the Harford County Sheriff’s.
Laterals (new hired certified police officers) in the Town are paid a flat salary where the lateral at the Sheriff’s is based on the number of years experience as a certified police officer prior to being hired. Bel Air’s salary is less than the Sheriff’s.
The Town’s and Sheriff’s starting salaries for Officer First Class (Deputy First Class) are paid basically equivalent. Corporals and Sergeants really don’t have a beginning salary because these positions are promotional type positions. This means the salaries are based at on the step the officer was in at the time of the promotion. At the end of the scale, The Town’s Officer First Class is paid 4.6%, and the Corporals and Sergeants are 10% less.
(2) How many town employees have cars furnished by the town, and how many with gas included?
The Town provides 33 take-home cars all with gas included.
(3) Who pays overtime for the Bel Air police department to patrol the bars?
The Town pays the Police Department overtime to patrol the bars.
(4) How much has the town budget increased this decade?
General Fund All Funds
2000 $6,301,546 $8,573,465
2001 $7,113,318 $9,466,028
2002 $7,642,153 $10,056,332
2003 $7,518,963 $10,033,493
2004 $7,964,634 $10,471,256
2005 $8,205,993 $10,894,967
2006 $9,059,705 $11,912,462
2007 $9,851,880 $12,468,785
2008 $12,439,568 $15,017,576
2009 $12,125,684 $14,801,131
2010 $12,268,257 $15,378,563
2010 revised $11,750,880 $14,861,186 (revised due to $517,377 in state cuts)