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Supreme Court Appointments to the Compensation Council

03 Dec 2018 10:27 AM | Aleida Conners (Administrator)

Applications Sought For Two Supreme Court Appointments to the Compensation Council

Applications are sought for 2 appointments by the Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court to the Compensation Council established by Minnesota Statutes § 15A.082.  The council, which will convene in January 2019, is responsible for prescribing salaries for Minnesota’s constitutional officers, justices of the Supreme Court, judges of the Court of Appeals and the district courts, and the heads of certain state and metropolitan agencies.  Eligibility for appointment to the Council is established by section 15A.082, subdivision 2.  In addition, members appointed to the Council must be available for meetings that begin in January 2019, with reporting deadlines by April 1, 2019.  The Council’s duties are further described in section 15A.082, which is attached to this Notice.  The Legislative Coordinating Commission will provide administrative and support services for the Council.

The Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court appoints eight nonjudge members of the Council.  Members are compensated at a rate of $55 per day spent on council activities, when authorized by the council, plus expenses in the same manner and amount as authorized by the commissioner’s plan adopted under section 43A.18, subdivision 2.  Members, who as a result of time spent attending council meetings, incur child care expenses that would not otherwise have been incurred, may be reimbursed for those expenses upon council or committee authorization.

Appointments to the council will be made between January 7, 2019, and January 15, 2019.

Persons interested in being appointed to the council should send a letter of interest and a curriculum vitae to AnnMarie S. O'Neill, Clerk of the Appellate Courts, 305 Minnesota Judicial Center, 25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155 or via email to mjcappellateclerkofcourt@courts.state.mn.us  The letter of interest must include sufficient information to demonstrate that the applicant satisfies the membership criteria listed in section 15A.082, subdivision 2, and can fulfill the time commitment required for the council to meet the deadlines established by section 15A.082.

Applications must be received no later than 4:30 pm on Wednesday, December 26, 2018.   



Subdivision 1.Creation.

A Compensation Council is created each odd-numbered year to assist the legislature in establishing the compensation of constitutional officers, justices of the Supreme Court, judges of the Court of Appeals and district court, and the heads of state and metropolitan agencies included in section 15A.0815.


Subd. 2.Membership.

The Compensation Council consists of 16 members: eight nonjudges appointed by the chief justice of the Supreme Court, of whom no more than four may belong to the same political party; and one member from each congressional district appointed by the governor, of whom no more than four may belong to the same political party. Appointments must be made after the first Monday in January and before January 15. The compensation and removal of members appointed by the governor or the chief justice shall be as provided in section 15.059, subdivisions 3 and 4. The Legislative Coordinating Commission shall provide the council with administrative and support services.


Subd. 3.Submission of recommendations.

(a) By April 1 in each odd-numbered year, the Compensation Council shall submit to the speaker of the house and the president of the senate salary recommendations for constitutional officers, justices of the Supreme Court, and judges of the Court of Appeals and district court. The recommended salary for each other office must take effect on the first Monday in January of the next odd-numbered year, with no more than one adjustment, to take effect on January 1 of the year after that. The salary recommendations for judges and constitutional officers take effect if an appropriation of money to pay the recommended salaries is enacted after the recommendations are submitted and before their effective date. Recommendations may be expressly modified or rejected.

(b) The council shall also submit to the speaker of the house and the president of the senate recommendations for the salary ranges of the heads of state and metropolitan agencies, to be effective retroactively from January 1 of that year if enacted into law. The recommendations shall include the appropriate group in section 15A.0815 to which each agency head should be assigned and the appropriate limitation on the maximum range of the salaries of the agency heads in each group, expressed as a percentage of the salary of the governor.


Subd. 4.Criteria.

In making compensation recommendations, the council shall consider the amount of compensation paid in government service and the private sector to persons with similar qualifications, the amount of compensation needed to attract and retain experienced and competent persons, and the ability of the state to pay the recommended compensation.


Subd. 4a.Constitutional officers.

No constitutional officer whose compensation is set under this section may receive monetary compensation for unused vacation or sick leave accruals.


Subd. 5.

[Repealed, 1987 c 404 s 191]


Subd. 6.Expiration.

Each Compensation Council shall expire upon submission of the recommendations required by subdivision 3.


1983 c 299 s 8; 1984 c 654 art 2 s 42; 1Sp1985 c 13 s 93,94; 1988 c 686 art 1 s 43; 1991 c 22 s 1; 1991 c 345 art 1 s 51; 1992 c 592 s 4; 1994 c 560 art 2 s 7,8; 1994 c 628 art 1 s 2; 1995 c 236 s 1; 2Sp1997 c 3 s 18; 1998 c 254 art 2 s 4,5; 2013 c 124 s 3-6; 2013 c 142 art 6 s 6-8; 2014 c 312 art 4 s 4-6


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