Justices Of The Peace Back Off From Pay Changes

Posted: February 16, 2014 at 5 a.m.

Benton County’s justices of the peace seem content to leave their pay unchanged after briefl y discussing the issue at recent meetings.




State law limits pay for justices of the peace. For class 7 counties, the state’s most populous counties that includes Benton County, the maximum annual pay rate is $13,319. Pulaski County pays its justices of the peace $11,106 per year. Washington County pays its justices of the peace $200 per diem and Benton County pays its justices of the peace $350 per month for Quorum Court and Committee of the Whole meetings plus $100 for attending committee meetings if the justice of the peace is a voting member of the committee. Sebastian County, a class 6 county, pays its justices of the peace $6,679 per year and provides insurance.



“We are part-time

citizen legislators. Benefits are for full-time county employees.”


Justice of the peace, District 15

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