Mayor, council salaries set for upcoming elections
Published 4:17 pm Monday, April 4, 2016
The salaries for mayors and council members in each municipality in Chilton County have been set for the upcoming elections on Aug. 23.
In Clanton, the mayor’s salary is $40,000, and members of the Clanton City Council make $12,000 a year.
The mayor’s salary in Jemison is $25,000, and members of the Jemison City Council make $4,200 a year, except for the mayor pro tem, who makes $4,800 a year.
In Maplesville, the mayor’s salary is $6,000 a year and members of the Maplesville Town Council make $1,200 a year.
The mayor’s salary in Thorsby is $24,000 and members of the Thorsby Town Council make $3,000 a year.
Aug. 18 is the last day for a voter in Chilton County to apply for a regular absentee ballot for the municipal elections.
Individuals will need to file paperwork for absentee ballots through the town or city in which they will be voting.
Anyone interested in running for mayor or council may start qualifying for office, July 5.
Each current mayor will give notice of the election and let candidates know they can begin qualifying.
Those interested in running will have until July 19 at 5 p.m. to qualify. All qualifying forms must be turned in to the city or town where the individual wants to run in order to qualify.
May 25 is the last day for a person to become a resident of the municipality and district where they would plan to run.
For instance, if an individual lived in Clanton and wanted to run for a council position in Jemison, he or she would need to move by May 25 to Jemison, which would be 90 days before the election.
According to the Alabama League of Municipalities, Alabama law provides that the
fees, salary or compensation of any officer, whose election or appointment is required or authorized by statute, may not be increased or diminished during the term for which the mayor and council was elected or appointed.
Alabama law also requires that the salaries of council members must be fixed by the council at least six months prior to each general municipal election and the salary of the mayor must be fixed by the council at least six months prior to each general municipal election.
For more information about municipal elections in Chilton County, check future editions of The Clanton Advertiser or www.clantonadvertiser.com.