Requirements to Run for Aldermen

Requirements to Run for Aldermen as well as salary information

Qualifications

To run for Alderman

The Board of Aldermen are their own judge with regard to qualifications.  Generally a candidate:
  • Must be a registered voter 
  • At least twenty-five years of age.
  • Must have been a United States citizen for at least five years. (Before their respective elections)
  • Resident of the city for three years.
  • Resident of the ward from which elected for one year.

To run for President of the Board of Aldermen

A candidate for the the President position must be:
  • At least thirty years of age 
  • A city resident for a least five years

Compensation

Aldermen today receive an annual salary of approximately $37,000. 

All receive the same pay regardless of seniority or duty. 

Increases in compensation is based on a percentage equal to the average increases recommended by the Civil Service Commission.

The President's salary is approximately $80,000. 

In addition to their salary, each Alderman is allowed a taxable $4,200 expense fund. 

The Aldermen can use this money at their discretion and they are required to report to the Clerk of the Board of Aldermen.  The Clerk determines the legitimate business in which the money is allowed.

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