Raise, contract extension proposed for Baltimore fire chief

BALTIMORE — Baltimore’s fire chief would get a raise and a contract extension under a proposal from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

Rawlings-Blake is making the request Wednesday to the city Board of Estimates.

Under the proposal, Fire Chief James S. Clack would receive incremental salary increases each January through 2018. He’d also get a raise in January from $161,262 to $164,487. The mayor’s office says Clack deserves the raise based on his strong record, including a recent drop in the number of fire fatalities.

But the raise request comes as Blake faces criticism over the closure of three fire companies because of a lack of funds.

Firefighters union president Rick Hoffman tells The Baltimore Sun that the mayor’s request is “ludicrous” and “makes me sick to my stomach.”

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