By Meg Tully │ Maryland Reporter
ANNAPOLIS — Thirteen Maryland correctional officers indicted last month in a corruption case that has outraged legislators and the public were getting paid between $28,000 and $47,000 in 2012, according to salary figures from the comptroller’s office.
The 13 officers were indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly helping members of the Black Guerilla Family gang smuggle in drugs, cell phones and other contraband. Four of the correctional officers also had babies fathered by the inmate gang leader.
Jeff Pittman, communications director for the employee union that represents correctional officers — the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) — said that the union doesn’t believe higher salaries will prevent corruption.
“The vast majority are doing (the job) at the current salary level,” Pittman said. “I don’t think offering someone more money makes them more honest.”
Starting pay for correctional officers is $36,414
The starting salary for correctional officers is $36,414, with $44,796 as the mid-point for an experienced correctional officer.
The four indicted correctional officers with the lowest pay had base salaries of $37,977 in 2012, according to the comptroller’s state payroll database. The full list is at the bottom of the story.