The Multnomah County Auditor is seeking two community members to serve on the 2024 Salary Commission.

The Salary Commission sets the salaries for the County Chair, County Commissioners, and the Sheriff, and the County-paid supplemental salary of the District Attorney. The Salary Commission is a private body; however, Salary Commissioners are considered to be public officials. (Training on being a public official will be included as part of the on-boarding process of new commissioners.)

How the County Auditor selects the Salary Commission:

In the fall of every odd year, the Auditor confirms whether prior members of the Salary Commission will be able to continue their service. The Auditor's Office will work with the Office of Community involvement in order to recruit members. Commission members can come from both the public and private sectors.

There are currently two open seats on the Salary Commission.

Deadline to apply:

All applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on December 8, 2023.

How to apply:

Complete an application here

If you need translation or an accommodation to complete the application or to request a paper application, please contact the Auditor's Office at or (503) 988-3320.


  • Salary commissioners must be qualified human resource professionals with compensation experience.
  • Elected or appointed County officials and employees cannot serve on the Commission.
  • It is preferred, but not required, for members of the Salary Commission to reside in Multnomah County.

Membership terms:

Membership terms are one-year terms. There are no term limits.


We anticipate that all of the Commission's meetings will include an option to participate remotely using google meet, or that the meetings will be entirely remote. The Commission usually meets about once a month for five or six months. The Commission prepares a report that sets the salaries for the Chair, Commissioners, and Sheriff, and the county supplement for the District Attorney, and documents the basis for its decisions.

To support participation, each Salary Commissioner will receive a stipend of $35 per meeting. When in-person meetings are possible, light refreshments will be provided to Commissioners, and children will be welcome to attend. In addition, the Auditor will provide reimbursement for parking or TriMet passes to support community member participation as Commissioners.

The Salary Commission is established in County Home Rule Charter Chapter 4, Section 4.30:

The auditor shall appoint a five-member salary commission, composed of qualified human resource professionals with compensation experience, by January 1 of each even year. The salary commission shall set the salaries for the chair of the board of county commissioners, county commissioners, sheriff and the county paid supplemental salary of the district attorney, documenting the basis of its decisions. All elected or appointed Multnomah County officials and employees are prohibited from serving on the salary commission.