One of the smaller details etched into each year’s annual spring session of Florida lawmakers is the establishment of salaries for county constitutional officers.
Released by the Office of Economic and Demographic Research, the salaries are based on county populations which establish categories for base salaries and multipliers.
This year, all of Gulf County constitutional officers, along with its highest-paid non-elected government officers, received a raise.
Each of the five members of the Board of County Commissioners received a salary increase of just under $100.
County commissioners earned $28,875 in 2017-18 and will earn $28,963 during the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.
For members of the Gulf County School Board, the increase in salary is about $150; from $26,537 to $26,689.
For five constitutional officers, the bump in pay was nearly $600.
The Property Appraiser, Supervisor of Elections, Tax Collector, Clerk of Courts and Superintendent of Schools each earned $100,262 during the current fiscal year.
For each, their salaries will increased too $100,834 for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.
The highest paid constitutional officer is the Sheriff, who during the current fiscal year earned $109,595.
Beginning Oct. 1 that salary will increase to $110,232.
Several years ago, the Board of County Commissioners voted to tie the salary of the County Administrator to that of the Sheriff.
Therefore, Michael Hammond’s salary will also rise to $110,232; roughly one-half a percentage point, less than the 3 percent other county employees received this year.
Also of note, of the 67 counties in Florida, 41 have appointed superintendents of schools, 26 have elected superintendents.
Those are appointed have their salaries established by local school boards.