The Santa Fe City Council on Wednesday approved major structural changes to a volunteer committee that determines the mayor's salary.
The city's Ethics and Campaign Review Board will now appoint members to the Independent Salary Commission. Before Wednesday's vote, the mayor appointed members to the commission.
Without the change, Mayor Alan Webber, who is seeking a second term, would have appointed the commissioners who would determine his salary if he were reelected.
The resolution was co-sponsored by Councilors Michael Garcia, Signe Lindell and Renee Villarreal.
“I think this is a much better product than what we started with,” Lindell said. “It took a little work, but I think this is a much better process and will feel fair to hopefully everyone.”
The city established the salary commission in 2016 after voters approved a ballot measure that changed the city's system of governance to a full-time "strong mayor" structure. The commission first met in 2017.