Chapter 2.06


2.06.010    Commission established.

2.06.020    Appointment of members.

2.06.030    Qualifications.

2.06.040    Term of office.

2.06.050    Vacancy.

2.06.060    Duties of salary commission.

2.06.070    Effect of changes to salary.

2.06.080    Meetings, procedures, and expenses.

2.06.010 Commission established.

The San Juan County commission on the salaries of elected officials is hereby established. (Ord. 4-2006 § 1)

2.06.020 Appointment of members.

The commission is composed of 10 members, each of which shall be assigned a separate position number.

A. Positions numbered one through six shall be randomly selected by the County auditor from among the electors of the County, one from each of the council member districts established by the San Juan County Charter, or as any such districts may be modified by redistricting. The number of each salary commission position shall correspond with the number of the council position.

B. The County auditor shall establish written procedures for conducting the selection of positions one through six, by lot. The policy and procedures shall include methods of notifying persons of their selection and determining their eligibility and willingness and ability to accept an appointment and complete the term of service.

C. The County auditor shall provide to the County administrator a list of the names of the persons so selected for appointment to the commission.

D. The remaining four of the 10 salary commission members must be electors of the County and shall be appointed by the County administrator with approval by the County council. The four persons appointed under this section shall have had experience in the field of personnel management. In addition, the following positions shall have had experience in each of the following four sectors in the County: position 7: business; position 8: professional personnel management; position 9: legal profession; and position 10: organized labor. (Ord. 4-2006 § 2)

2.06.030 Qualifications.

Every person to be appointed to the salary commission and for the duration of the appointment shall be an elector of San Juan County. No member of the commission may be an officer, official, or employee of the County or an immediate family member of an officer, official, or employee of the County. For purposes of this section, “immediate family member” means the parents, spouse, siblings, children, domestic partner, or dependent relatives of an officer, official or employee of the County, whether or not living in the household of the officer, official, or employee. (Ord. 4-2006 § 3)

2.06.040 Term of office.

The term of each position shall be four years. To establish staggered terms, the odd numbered positions shall be two-year terms ending December 31, 2007, and the even numbered positions shall be four-year terms ending December 31, 2009. Position 1 (SJS): two years; position 2 (SJN): four years; position 3 (FH): two years; position 4 (OE): four years; position 5 (OW): two years; position 6 (Lopez/Shaw): four years; position 7 (business): two years; position 8 (personnel management): four years; position 9 (legal): two years; and position 10 (organized labor): four years. No member of the commission shall be appointed to more than two complete terms of four years each. (Ord. 4-2006 § 4)

2.06.050 Vacancy.

An appointment may become vacant for any reason established by the San Juan County Charter for vacancy of elected office. Upon the vacancy in any position of the salary commission, a successor shall be selected and appointed to fill the unexpired term. The person appointed as a successor shall have the same background and residency status as required by the position vacated and the selection and appointment shall be conducted in the same manner as the original appointment. (Ord. 4-2006 § 5)

2.06.060 Duties of salary commission.

The salary commission shall have the duty at such intervals as determined by the commission, to review and set the salary to be paid to the following elected officials: County council member, County assessor, County auditor, County clerk, County sheriff, County treasurer, and prosecuting attorney. Pursuant to the County Charter, the salary commission shall establish a salary schedule that is commensurate with the duties of the officer. Promptly after the salary commission determines the salary to be paid, but at least 30 days before the last day for filing for office, the commission shall file a written salary schedule with the County auditor indicating the increase or decrease in salary and any periodic adjustment to the salary and the schedule of such adjustment. Any change shall become effective and incorporated into the County budget without further action of the County council or salary commission. (Ord. 4-2006 § 6)

2.06.070 Effect of changes to salary.

A. Pursuant to the transition section of the San Juan County Charter, all salary changes made in the year 2006 shall become effective at the beginning of the next term of office for each elected official.

B. After the year 2006, a salary increase established by the salary commission shall be effective upon filing with the auditor, regardless of the terms of office.

C. After the year 2006, a salary decrease established by the salary commission shall become effective as to incumbent County elected officials at the commencement of their next subsequent terms of office. (Ord. 4-2006 § 7)

2.06.080 Meetings, procedures, and expenses.

The salary commission shall first meet within 30 days of the appointment of all members and shall thereafter meet as often as necessary to accomplish its business. The salary commission shall choose a chair from among their number and determine the method by which it will conduct its business. The County administrator will assign an employee from the County human resources department to provide staff assistance to the salary commission. The salary commission shall serve with a paid stipend of $15.00 per meeting day and be reimbursed for actual in-County travel expenses in accordance with the County’s travel policy. The County administrator will be responsible to pay for any public notices, postage, copies, or other expenses incidental to the work of the salary commission. (Ord. 4-2006 § 8)