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BernCo commissioners approve salary hikes for elected officials

Copyright © 2018 Albuquerque Journal

Bernalillo County commissioners on Tuesday, in a 4-1 vote, approved salary increases for elected officials that would begin with the new year.

Commissioner James E. Smith voted against the measure.

Elected county officials whose term of office begins on Jan. 1, 2019, are eligible for the salary increase, while midterm elected county officials will be eligible for the increase Jan. 1, 2021.

Elected officials beginning a new term of office include county commissioners from Districts 1 and 5, the assessor, probate judge and sheriff.

Current and approved salaries, by position:

• County commissioner: $29,569 to $39,106

• Treasurer: $65,501 to $86,626

• Assessor: $65,501 to $86,626

• Sheriff: $68,308 to $90,338

• Clerk: $65,501 to $86,626

• Probate Judge: $28,820 to $38,144

“I know that so many elected officials are raising kids and grandkids,” said County Commissioner Steven Michael Quezada. “I know that this job is tough, and it’s been a long time since they’ve been able to get a little increase. I have to thank the county because they are the first people who have ever given raises from the bottom all the way up. Usually, from what I’ve seen in the history of New Mexico, it’s from the top down.”

County commissioners last approved an increase for elected officials on Dec. 12, 2006, and was effective on Jan. 1, 2007, for five elected officials and Jan. 1, 2009, for the remaining five elected officials.