Justices of the peace clarify per diem compensation

Justices of the peace clarify per diem compensation

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Craighead County Quorum Court settled the issue of per diem pay for justices of the peace at their regularly scheduled meeting Monday.

Following quorum court meetings in Lawrence County regarding pay for justices of the peace, questions were raised about the legality of how Craighead County paid its JP's.

Monday, the court unanimously decided to clarify the payment process.

"I think we can put it to rest and be in compliance with state law," Justice of the Peace Ken Stacks said. "I know that's my goal and I hope it's the others."

The ordinance, in part, states there will not be any compensation for attending non-regularly scheduled meetings.

However, "per diem compensation for justices attending a monthly regular meeting of the Quorum Court shall be 1/24 of the budgeted appropriation in the annual operating budget."

The same goes for the monthly committee meetings.

The Quorum Court meets twice a month. Once as a full court, once as committees.

Per diem compensation for absences will be paid in accordance with state law.

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