The Commission was created in 1987 by a constitutional amendment from the people to take politics out of the salary setting process.
We are charged with setting the salaries of the elected officials in the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of government:
Our statutory policy and mandate is to:
Base the elected officials’ salaries on realistic standards in order to pay them according to the duties of their office and to attract citizens of the highest quality to public service. We are directed to study the relationship of salaries to duties and to set an appropriate salary for each position.
The law clearly sets out how and when we must conduct the business of setting the elected officials’ salaries. This work must be conducted every two years, we start in October of the even numbered years.
In setting the elected officials’ salaries we may:
The Constitution forbids us from decreasing the salary of any elected official during his/her term of office. We cannot evaluate performance; that is left to the voters.
We welcome your participation in setting the salaries of your elected officials.