Section 45-7-70

Membership; salaries.

(a) The Butler County Commission shall be composed of five members, elected from single-member districts one through five, inclusive, by the qualified voters residing within each district. The five districts shall be apportioned as provided by law. Unless otherwise provided by general law, each commissioner shall reside in the district he or she represents at the time of qualifying for office and during his or her tenure. For the purposes of establishing staggered terms for the members of the county commission, the members of the commission elected to represent districts two and three elected at the general election in 2020 shall serve a term of two years, and beginning with the general election in 2022 and each subsequent general election thereafter, shall serve a term of four years.

(b) Effective beginning the next term of office, the chair of the commission shall be elected from among the five members of the commission to serve at the pleasure of the commission. The Judge of Probate of Butler County shall not serve as a member or chair of the commission.

(c) The members of the county commission shall continue to receive the same salary the members receive on September 30, 2003, and shall be eligible for any increases as authorized by law. Effective on the selection of the chair of the county commission pursuant to subsection (b) and thereafter, the chair of the county commission shall receive an additional salary supplement in the amount of 25 percent of the regular salary of a member of the commission.

(d) The composition and election of the county commission, including the manner of selection of the chair, as it existed on January 1, 2003, is ratified and confirmed until the end of the current term of the commission.

(Act 2003-467, 2nd Sp. Sess., p. 1464, §§1-4; Act 2017-410, §1.)