Do the Sandusky city commissioners get paid?
Yes, Michelle, the Sandusky city commissioners are paid (according to city ordinance) $5,000 per year. The ex-officio mayor is paid $6,000 per year. The compensation is considered to be income, though obviously it's not enough to be full-time work. The commissioners are elected officials, which is a little different than being hired as a city employee. They're hired by popular vote and are supposed to represent the interests of the city taxpayers and residents.
As far your concerns about how the commissioners dress, I can't say I share them. If a commissioner were to show up to city meetings or events in sweats and a t-shirt, of course that would be inappropriate. But we haven't noticed any kind of a problem at any of the city events the Register has attended. All of the commissioners routinely show up to city events in appropriate attire.
I think most professionals feel, as you do, obligated to represent themselves and their employers well while at public functions. But who hasn't run to the laundromat or grocery store in sweat pants while not on work time? It's tough to be "on duty" 24/7, especially for part-time citizen commissioners who have stepped up to help govern our city. This is a high-pressure, rarely glamorous job that isn't well compensated for the work it requires to do well.
So, Michelle, I suggest you cut these folks some slack when you see them out in the community in an unofficial capacity.