JAMESTOWN – Jamestown’s Salary Review Commission held its first meeting of the year yesterday in city hall to begin the process of reviewing the current salaries of the city’s elected offices and determine if a raise is in order.
The city charter calls for the creation of a salary review commission every four years to review the salary for mayor and members of the council.
Earlier this year the mayor and city council appointed six city residents to serve on the commission. They are Tyler Case, Peg Cornell, Catherine Way, Howard Brook, Dr. Lillian Ney and Rev. Chloe Smith.
The current salary for the office of mayor is $72,000, which has not been increased since 2008. Since 1984, the annual salary for members of the council is $5,000, with $6,000 being paid to the president.
According to the Post-Journal, no official recommendation was made during yesterday’s meeting, where members primarily reviewed the history of the salaries as well as the previous recommendations that were made four years ago, which the city council did not act on.
The next meeting of the commission will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5.
Any change in salary would have to be acted on by the city council in advance of the 2019 election and wouldn’t go into effect until January 2020.