Newton commission seeks public input on elected officials’ pay

A Newton commission is seeking public comment from residents as it studies the salaries and benefits of the mayor, city councilors, and School Committee members.

“We would like to hear your perspectives on the topic as we determine whether any changes to total compensation should be considered,” the Blue Ribbon Commission for Salaries said in a statement posted to the city’s website.

The commission began work in January after its members were appointed by Marc Laredo, president of the City Council. A cochairwoman of the commission, Claudia Dumond-Henderson, is the chief human resources officer at Boston Globe Media.

An online survey asks residents questions, including whether salaries should be adjusted to reflect changes to cost of living; and whether compensation has an impact on Newton’s ability to attract “a socio-economically diverse pool of candidates” to run for mayor, City Council, and School Committee.


The survey is available at

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