How much should elected officials be paid? -- Gazette.Net


The Montgomery County Council is looking for residents to study the compensation of the county’s elected officials.

The council believes there is a need to examine present compensation levels for the sheriff, the state’s attorney, the county executive and members of the County Council, according to a council news release.

Letters of interest to serve on the advisory committee that will study compensation must be received no later than 5 p.m. Nov. 28.

The Compensation Committee must submit recommendations of compensation levels to the County Council by Sept. 15, 2013, according to the release.

Any changes in compensation adopted by the council would be effective for the 2014-18 term of office.

State law authorizes the council to set the salaries of the sheriff and the state’s attorney for Montgomery County.

The county charter authorizes the council to set the pay of its members and the county executive for the succeeding terms of office.

Changes in compensation levels apply only to future terms of these elected offices.

Currently, council members receive $99,069 each year, according to the release. The council president receives 10 percent more.

The county executive receives $180,250, the sheriff receives $154,000, and the state’s attorney receives $199,000.

These salaries are increased each year by the annual average percentage increase in the consumer price index for all urban consumers for the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area, according to the release.

The committee will consist of five to seven members and the council will strive to appoint no more than a majority of members from one political party.

Those interested in serving on the committee should submit their letter of interest with a resume to council President Roger Berliner, Montgomery County Council, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850. Letters also can be sent by email to