Mayor-council pay commission appointed in Mesa; to recommend elected officials’ salaries

By Gary Nelson

The Arizona Republic

Five members have been appointed to a citizens panel that will recommend future pay adjustments for Mesa’s mayor and City Council members.

The council’s creation of the panel this summer sprang from a proposal by the Mesa Chamber of Commerce, which has said the pay currently offered to Mesa’s elected officials may keep some qualified people from serving.

Mesa mayors currently make $38,000 a year and council members $19,000. The council has approved only two pay raises since the city charter was adopted in 1967.

The ordinance specifies that the commission have members from the business, educational and non-profit sectors, and two at-large members. It is required to have its first meeting this fall and at least once every two years thereafter, basing its recommendations on elected-official salaries in cities comparable to Mesa.

Mayor Scott Smith nominated, and the council approved:



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