Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/12/2012 06:24:58 PM PST

San Bernardino County supervisors are likely going to see their pay and benefits reduced after voters approved Measure Q last week, but it won’t be for quite some time.

The law precludes reducing an elected official’s compensation during a pending term or after a candidate announces their bid for public office. Therefore, the pay and benefit adjustments mandated by Measure Q will not be put in place until the next term for each supervisor, county spokesman David Wert said.

Supervisors Janice Rutherford and Gary Ovitt, who are up for re-election in 2014, will be the first supervisors – or whomever succeeds them should they not get re-elected – to have their salaries and benefits adjusted.

“I think it’s clear that people in San Bernardino County want their elected officials to not be able to spike their pay, their benefits or their pension,” Rutherford said.

It will be four years before Supervisor Josie Gonzales and newly elected supervisors James Ramos and Robert Lovingood will have to take the cut to their pay and benefits.

In November 2006, voters approved Measure P, which set the salaries for San Bernardino County supervisors at $150,183 a year. That salary schedule was based on an average of supervisor salaries in Riverside, Orange, San Diego and Los Angeles counties. The ballot measure did not place a cap on supervisors’ benefits.

Lumping Los Angeles County in with the other three counties skewed the average because supervisors in that county are paid more than supervisors in the other three counties. It put San Bernardino County supervisors ahead of their counterparts in salary, county spokesman David Wert said.

Removing Los Angeles County from the equation and rolling back benefits puts San Bernardino County on a level playing field, Rutherford said.

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