The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors has voted to raise their salaries by approximately $22,000 annually.

According to agenda documents, as of July 29 the ordinance amendment will set board members’ salaries at $6,420.57 biweekly, which is 70 percent of the base wage of state Superior Court judges.

“Based on the complexity of issues and the population size of our county, among other factors, arriving at 70 percent was seen as an objective way to review and set their salaries and do so with objectivity and in a way that is not driven by the Board,” said Hilary Crowley, a deputy county administrator for San Joaquin County.

The Tuesday vote on the raise was 3-2, with supervisors Tom Patti and Robert Rickman dissenting. 

Currently the base pay for supervisors each year is $144,733, according to a county spokesperson. Supervisors will now receive an additional compensation of $22,203 annually, which moves them to a pay of about $166,936 per year.

On July 20, there will also be amendments presented to the board for a vote that will exclude supervisors from future cost of living adjustments because any future changes to salaries will be considered as part of an annual review process that will determine if their wage remains at 70 percent of judges’ salaries.

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