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Carter named to state council

ST. PAUL -- Bemidji attorney Darrell Carter was appointed Thursday to the state Compensation Council by Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

A private practice attorney, Carter was one of eight people the Republican governor appointed to the council which makes recommendations to the Legislature on the salaries of constitutional officers, members of the Legislature, justices of the Supreme Court, judges of the Court of Appeals and district courts.

It also recommends salaries for heads of state and metropolitan agencies.

Member are appointed to serve from congressional districts, with Carter representing the 7th Congressional District.

He is a certified public accountant as well as an attorney, is a former assistant auditor and financial analyst for the Peat Marwick Mitchell accounting firm, and has been a Republican candidate for the Senate 4 district.

The Compensation Council consists of 16 members: eight appointed by the governor -- one from each congressional district; six appointed by the Legislature; and two non-judges appointed by the chief justice of the Supreme Court.