Kamenetz: Balto. County employee salaries going online
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced plans to post salaries of 7,800 government employees online on Friday.
The Baltimore Sun has been in touch with county officials in recent weeks while preparing to launch its own database. The Sun sent a request to the county last August for each employee’s annual salary, including name, title, department and hire date. In addition, the newspaper asked for each employee’s actual gross pay from 2008 to 2010, including overtime, expenses and other payments that would be added to the annual salary, along with the county’s check log. The Sun’s databases for the city and state are currently online.
UPDATE: The Sun's county employee database is now live.
Kamenetz said the county’s database will be placed under the human resources section of the website and show the base salary of every employee, including first and last names, as of June 30.
The effort is designed to “increase transparency of county government operations” and was not triggered by the newspaper’s request, spokeswoman Ellen Kobler said.
In a statement, the county executive said, “People expect government to be open and forthcoming with information and that is what we are doing in Baltimore County.”