Prosecutors approved for 22.2 percent pay raise | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Prosecutors approved for 22.2 percent pay raise

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 10:20 AM

The independent citizens commission that now sets pay for state elected officials today unanimously approved a 22.2 percent increase in authorized pay for most prosecutors from the $124,394 that was to take effect July 1 to $152,000, exactly what the prosecutors had requested.

The recommendation will go out for public comment through May 13 and, unless that causes a change of heart, they go into effect in no more than 45 days.

Twenty-five prosecutors are covered by this increase. Three other prosecutors who've been allowed to have private law practice were to make $104,000 under 2015 legislation, though there is talk of converting them to full-time eventually. The independent commission recommended keeping that group at 85 percent of full prosecutor pay, or $129,200. Prosecutors got only a 1 percent pay raise from the legislature this year.

Prosecutors asked for 95 percent of the $160,000 pay given circuit judges, who also enjoy more lucrative retirement benefits than prosecutors. Prosecutors argue that the pay differential had made the prosecutor's offices a proving ground for the higher paying judgeships. The independent commission studies other neighboring and similar states in reaching its conclusions.

It had earlier set pay as stipuled by Amendment 94 for other state officials. The amendment didn't cover prosecutors, but the legislature this year modified the terms of the amendment, as it allowed, to include prosecutors as well.


Pulaski Prosecutor Larry Jegley, who heads the prosecutors association, made the case that a big portion of the offices' work is unseen, not just major criminal cases. He emphasized the discretion prosecutors must exercise in a variety of circumstances, including drug and other special courts. He said he was pleased with today's vote.

Tags: , ,


Favorite

Comments (7)

Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Women's March planned in Arkansas to mark Trump inauguration

    Speaking of Donald Trump and in answer to a reader's question: There will be a women's march in Arkansas on Jan. 21, the day after inauguration, as well as the national march planned in Washington.
    • Dec 30, 2016
  • The LR chamber does the public's business. Is it accountable? Blue Hog on the case.

    Matt Campbell, lawyer and Blue Hog Report blogger, has sent a Freedom of Information Act request to Jay Chessir, director of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Mayor Mark Stodola related to the publicity stunt yesterday  built around withdrawing from the mayor's rash pronouncement that the city would seek an Amazon HQ2 project even though the city  didn't meet the company's criteria.
    • Oct 20, 2017
  • Trump immigration protest at LR: Quick and fierce

    It was not even 24 hours ago that Sophia Said, director of the Interfaith Center; City Director Kathy Webb and others decided to organize a protest today of Donald Trump's executive order that has left people from Muslim countries languishing in airports or unable to come to the US at all — people with visas, green cards,a  post-doc graduate student en route to Harvard, Google employees abroad, families. I got the message today before noon; others didn't find out until it was going on. But however folks found out, they turned out in huge numbers, more than thousand men, women and children, on the grounds of the state Capitol to listen to speakers from all faiths and many countries.
    • Jan 29, 2017

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation