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Per Article XVIII adopted at the Regular Municipal Election on October 6, 2009, a Citizens' Independent Salary Commission is created with the authority to set the salaries of the Mayor and City Councilors.


The Commission has the authority to evaluate the annual salaries and determine whether they should be increased or decreased.  The Commission has authority to consider all factors relevant to the salaries.

(a) The Commission shall consist of five members selected by the Accountability in Government Committee.  All members shall be residents of the City of Albuquerque and shall not be an officer, official or employee of the city or an immediate family member of the same.  The term of each member shall be for four years, unless a member is selected to fill a vacancy, and no member shall be appointed to more than two terms.  The initial terms of members of the newly established Commission shall be staggered; the initial term for two members shall be two years and the initial term of three members shall be four years.

(b) At least one year prior to each regular municipal election, the Commission shall review the salaries paid by the city to the Mayor and Councilors.  If after such review the Commission determines that the salary should be increased or decreased, the Commission shall file a written salary schedule with the City Clerk indicating the proposed salary.

(c) Changes to the salaries shall not be effective for the incumbent Mayor and Councilors, but shall be effective at the beginning of the next term.

(d) Any change to salaries recommended by the Commission shall be subject to the referendum procedures as provided for in Article III, Section 2 of this Charter.

(e) All meetings of the Commission shall be open to the public and subject to the Open Meetings Act, Sections 10-15-1 et seq. NMSA 1978.

Your input is requested to help the Citizens' Independent Salary Commission determine the salaries for Albuquerque's elected officials.

The Citizens of Albuquerque elected to establish the Citizens' Independent Salary Commission during the regular municipal election on October 6, 2009. The Commission was created and charged with the task of studying and setting the salaries of the Mayor and City Councilors.

The Commission studies the roles of the Mayor and City Councilors, studies similar sized municipalities, and seeks input from the public in determining the salaries. This survey is one method for allowing the Citizens of Albuquerque to voice their opinions regarding the salaries of elected municipal officials. The survey has ten questions and takes approximately five minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous.

Take the survey

Thank you for your participation. Your input is greatly appreciated and will help the Citizens' Independent Salary Commission in determining the salaries of Albuquerque's Mayor and City Councilors.

You may also attend a Public and Media Forum to discuss the salaries for the Mayor and City Council on January 13, 2015, at the Barelas Community Center from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Or, send an e-mail to the Commission at [email protected].

Commission Members:

NameTerm End Date
John A. Carey, Chairperson
Joe Conte
Randolph M. Sanchez 2018
Kenneth Petrulis 2016
Ellen Driber-Hassall 2016

Meeting Agenda - December 1, 2014

CISC Meeting Agenda

Final Report - February 26, 2013

CISC Final Report and Recommendations

E-Mail Address

[email protected]

If you have additional questions contact:

John Carey, Chairman - 505-246-1699

Sample Questionnaire:



October 23, 2014

March 1, 2013 (Virtual Meeting)

February 26, 2013

January 22, 2013

December 11, 2012

November 27, 2012

October 30, 2012

March 17, 2011 (Virtual Meeting)

March 17, 2011

March 14, 2011

March 3, 2011 (Forum)

February 18, 2011

February 15, 2011

February 11, 2011

January 27, 2011

January 13, 2011

December 9, 2010 (Forum)

December 9, 2010

November 18, 2010

October 26, 2010

October 13, 2010

September 30, 2010

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