Senate File 448 - IntroducedA Bill ForAn Act 1relating to the composition and procedures of county
2compensation boards.
1   Section 1.  Section 331.321, subsection 1, paragraph l, Code
22023, is amended by striking the paragraph.
3   Sec. 2.  Section 331.322, subsection 6, Code 2023, is amended
4to read as follows:
   56.  Review and adopt the final compensation schedule of the
6county compensation board and determine the final compensation
in accordance with section 331.907.
8   Sec. 3.  Section 331.905, subsection 1, Code 2023, is amended
9by striking the subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the
   111.  There is created in each county a compensation board,
12which shall be composed of the following seven members:
   13a.  Two members of the board of supervisors, who shall serve
14two-year, staggered terms of office. The board of supervisors
15shall adopt a rotation designating each seat on the board of
16supervisors in a rotation to serve on the county compensation
17board. The adopted rotation shall not be changed except when
18membership of the board of supervisors is increased pursuant to
19section 331.203 or decreased pursuant to section 331.204.
   20b.  Two residents of the county, who shall serve two-year
21terms, appointed by the two members serving pursuant to
22paragraph “a” at the time of appointment.
   23c.  (1)  Three elected county officers from the following
24pool of county officers:
   25(a)  The county attorney.
   26(b)  The county auditor.
   27(c)  The county recorder.
   28(d)  The county sheriff.
   29(e)  The county treasurer.
   30(2)  The members selected pursuant to this paragraph shall
31serve two-year, staggered terms, which shall begin with the
32county attorney and county auditor and thereafter follow the
33order in which the members are listed in subparagraph (1).
34   Sec. 4.  Section 331.905, subsections 2 and 4, Code 2023, are
35amended to read as follows:
-1-   12.  The members of the county compensation board shall be
2appointed to four-year, staggered terms of office.
The members
3of the county compensation board shall not be officers or
4employees of the state or a political subdivision of the state.
5A term shall be effective on the first of July of the year of
6appointment and a vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired
7term in the same manner as the original appointment.
   84.  The county compensation board shall elect a chairperson
9and vice chairperson annually from among its membership.
10The county compensation board shall meet at the call of the
11chairperson or upon written request of a majority of its
12membership. The county compensation board shall meet at least
13twice before submitting its recommended compensation schedule
14pursuant to section 331.907. One meeting must be a public
The concurrence of a majority of the members of the
16county compensation board shall determine any matter relating
17to its duties.
18   Sec. 5.  Section 331.907, subsections 1 and 2, Code 2023, are
19amended to read as follows:
   201.  The annual compensation of the auditor, treasurer,
21recorder, sheriff, county attorney, and supervisors shall
22be determined as provided in this section. The county
23compensation board annually shall review the compensation paid
24to three comparable officers in other counties of this state,
 25three comparable officers in other states, and three comparable
26officers in
private enterprise, and the federal government.
27In setting the salary of the county sheriff, the county
28compensation board shall set the sheriff’s salary so that it
29is comparable to salaries paid to professional law enforcement
30administrators and command officers of the state patrol,
31the division of criminal investigation of the department of
32public safety, and city police chiefs employed by cities of
33similar population to the population of the county. The county
34compensation board shall prepare a compensation schedule for
35the elective elected county officers for the succeeding fiscal
-2-1year and the recommended salary for any elected county officer
2shall not be lower than the salary of the person holding
3the office in the year immediately preceding the most recent
. A final recommended compensation schedule requires
5a majority vote of the membership of the county compensation
   72.  At the public hearing held on the county budget as
8provided in section 331.434, the county compensation board
9shall submit its recommended compensation schedule for the
10next fiscal year to the board of supervisors for inclusion in
11the county budget. The board of supervisors shall review and
the recommended compensation schedule for the elected
13county officers and determine the final compensation schedule
14which shall not exceed the compensation schedule recommended
15by the county compensation board. In determining the final
16compensation schedule if the board of supervisors wishes to
17reduce the amount of the recommended compensation schedule,
18the amount of salary increase proposed for each elected
19county officer, except as provided in subsection 3, shall be
20reduced an equal percentage
. A copy of the final compensation
21schedule shall be filed with the county budget at the office
22of the director of the department of management. The final
23compensation schedule takes effect on July 1 following its
24adoption by the board of supervisors.
26The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
27the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly.
   28This bill relates to the composition and procedures of
29county compensation boards. Under current law, a county
30compensation board is composed of seven members who serve
31four-year, staggered terms. Two of the members are appointed
32by the county board of supervisors and one member is appointed
33by each of the county auditor, the county attorney, the county
34recorder, the county treasurer, and the county sheriff. The
35county compensation board reviews the compensation paid to
-3-1comparable officers in other counties of this state, other
2states, private enterprise, and the federal government. A
3county compensation board submits a recommended compensation
4schedule to the board of supervisors, who may approve a higher
5salary increase or reduce the amount of the recommended salary
6increase by an equal amount for each elected county officer.
   7Under the bill, a county compensation board is composed of
8two members of the board of supervisors who serve two-year,
9staggered terms and rotate with the other members of the board
10of supervisors; two members who are residents of the county
11who serve two-year terms and are appointed by the members
12of the board of supervisors who are serving on the county
13compensation board at the time of the appointment; and three
14members determined by a rotation of the county attorney, county
15auditor, county recorder, county sheriff, and county treasurer
16as provided in the bill.
   17The bill requires the county compensation board to meet at
18least twice before submitting a final recommended compensation
19schedule to the board of supervisors. One meeting must be a
20public hearing. The county compensation board shall review
21the compensation paid to three comparable officers in other
22counties of this state, three comparable officers in other
23states, and three comparable officers in private enterprise.
24The county compensation board cannot recommend a salary for any
25elected county officer that is lower than the salary of the
26person holding the office in the year immediately preceding
27the most recent election. The bill requires the board of
28supervisors to review and adopt the recommended compensation
29schedule without alteration.