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Commissioners approve resolution tying salary to 90 percent of district judge

(Nov. 30, 2018) A resolution raising the salary of the Worcester County state’s attorney for the 2018-2022 term was approved last Tuesday by the county commissioners.

Under the new schedule, the pay would start at $131,700, increase to $136,200 next July, and then increase $5,000 each year until 2021. The 2017 salary was $122,850.

The commissioners’ approval, however, was close to a formality, since the pay for this county’s state’s attorney is tied to the district court judges’ salary schedule by the Maryland statutes.

The state code stipulates that Worcester’s state’s attorney is to be 90 percent of a salary for a district court. The Maryland General Assembly approved legislation to that effect last year.

A district court judge’s salary is $146,333 of July 1, and would increase by $5,000 each year until 2021, according to the resolution.

A stipulation also states “the salary shall automatically increase in the subsequent years as the salary of the judge of the District Court of Maryland increases.”

Commissioner Ted Elder asked if the salary adjustment is “consistent throughout the state?” County Attorney Maureen Howarth said it varies for counties, and some percentages can be connected to the circuit court judges.

Commissioner Chip Bertino made a motion to approve the salary increase, which was seconded by Commissioner Bud Church.

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