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Current members of the Public Officials Compensation Commission:
Scott Dawson, Portland
Janice Dean, Salem
Verne Duncan, Milwaukie
Barbara Fredericks, Beaverton
John L. Hemann, Salem
Doris A. Johnson, Roseburg
Anna Mehrer, Portland
Stephen L. Munkers, Umatilla
MardiLyn Saathoff, Beaverton
Richard Scherer, Scappoose
Paul Swadener, Eugene
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Members of the 11-member Commission receive their appointments in one of the following ways:
  • The Secretary of State appoints six members from the rolls of registered voters, one from each of Oregon’s five Congressional Districts and an additional member from the state at large. 
  • Elected officials appoint five members as described below:
    • The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court appoints one member.
    • The President of the Senate appoints one member.
    • The Speaker of the House appoints one member.
    • With confirmation by the Senate, the Governor appoints two members who have a background in compensation management.

Term of Office
Commissioners ordinarily serve four-year terms.  Those appointed in 2008, however, will receive staggered terms.

Membership Requirements

woman on phoneThe law excludes persons from serving on the Commission if they are an elected official whose salary will be affected by the Commission’s work, or if they are a relative of such an elected official.  The law also excludes anyone who lives in the household of an official affected by the Commission. 

The law refers to “Member of individual’s household.”  This means any person who lives with someone who holds an office or position covered by ORS 292.907 to 292.930.
“Relative” means the spouse or domestic partner of a person who holds an office or position covered by the law (ORS 292.907 to 292.930).  The term also covers any children of such an office holder, as well as the children of his or her spouse or domestic partner, brothers, sisters, half-brothers, half-sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, mother-in-law, fathers-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, stepparents, stepchildren or parents of the office holder, his or her spouse, or domestic partner.

Responsibilities of Commissioners

As a member of the Commission, you must be willing to carry out the following duties:
  • Attend and prepare for meetings.
  • Study all materials and pertinent information before making decisions.
  • Actively participate in meetings.
  • Demonstrate a willingness and ability to reach thoughtful, non-political decisions.
  • Work with the Commission as a whole in making decisions, recognizing that compromise may be necessary to reach consensus.

Compensation for Commissioners

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You will not receive payment for your service on the Commission.  You will receive reimbursement, however, for travel expenses at the state government rates.  Such expenses include car mileage, hotel rooms and meals.  Staff is available to help you make arrangements and to answer questions.
State Travel Information and Rates
Please contact Oregon POCC for more information, (503) 378-6303.

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