The Salary Commission sets the salaries of most elected officials
The Multnomah County Home Rule Charter directs the County Auditor to appoint a Salary Commission by January 1 of each even year. The Commission sets the salaries for the Chair of the Board of County Commissioners, County Commissioners, the Sheriff, and the County-paid supplemental salary of the District Attorney. The Charter specifies that:
- The Commission is to include five members.
- Members are to be qualified human resource professionals with compensation experience.
- Elected or appointed County officials and employees cannot serve on the Commission.
How the County Auditor selects the Salary Commission
In the fall of every odd year, the Auditor confirms whether prior members of the Salary Commission will be able to continue their service. Outgoing Commission members may recommend other human resource professionals to serve on the Commission. The Auditor also has asked Commission members to publicize vacancies on the Commission to a human resource professional listserv. Commission members come from both the public and private sectors.
The County Auditor's salary is based on the salary for a circuit court judge
The Salary Commission does not recommend a salary for the County Auditor. Multnomah County Home Rule Charter states that the County Auditor’s salary will be 4/5 of a circuit court judge’s salary.