Wicomico County Rejects Raise for Some Elected Officials

Feb 6, 2014

Wicomico County Council President Matt Holloway
Credit wicomicocounty.org

There will be no pay raises for some Wicomico County Elected officials.

That was the decision this week by the Council as the county faced a $3.5 million shortfall at the end of the 2014 fiscal year.

Council President Matt Holloway told WBOC that there wasn’t enough support for the raises given the red ink.

Memo Diriker is director of Salisbury University’s Business Economic and Community Outreach Network and sits on the committee for recommending raises.

He said that it was not a good idea to keep compensation at the same level beyond 8 or 12 years.

County Sheriff Mike Lewis said he is okay with the decision by emphasized that pay parity for officers on the street was important for recruiting and retention.