Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Dan Kemp announced today that he’d chosen retired Supreme Court Justice Annabelle Imber Tuck to the Independent Citizens Commission that meets annually to set pay for elected state officials, including judges.
Tuck succeeds Little Rock lawyer Chuck Banks, whose term expired. The commission was established by a voter-approved amendment in 2014 to remove salary setting from the
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In 2017, Kemp asked on behalf of the court for an 11 percent pay raise for the justices, but the Commission granted 2 percent. The Commission granted a 3 percent raise in 2018, moving Supreme Court justices to $169,830 ($183,600 for the chief justice). Kemp supported that proposal.
The commission has raised the ire of some members of the Supreme Court, who’ve complained pay for them hasn’t been raised enough, particularly in
Other new appointments for the commission are due from the governor, Senate president and House speaker, each of whom names two members to the Commission.
Kemp’s renews release said Tuck would “thoughtfully and thoroughly” perform the duties of the commission.