Salary Commission


The purpose of the Salary Commission is to fix the salaries of the County Council, Executive, Assessor, Auditor, Prosecuting Attorney, Sheriff, and Treasurer in accordance with the county code, county charter and state law. The Commission shall study the relationship of salaries to the duties of the elected officials and fix the salary for each position. Except as provided in this chapter, the Commission shall be solely responsible for its own organization, and shall enjoy the fullest cooperation of all elected officials, departments, and agencies of the county.


Once biennially (every other year) this Commission sets a series of meetings early in the year. Their goal is to submit a schedule of salaries to the County Council by May 1st.

The Commission scheduled a series of meetings in early 2017, and they completed their work in April on a new schedule of salaries.  This was presented to County Council and approved on May 30th, 2017.  View the Resolution and new proposed salary schedule for 2018-2019 here.

The next scheduled meetings of the Commission will take place in early 2019.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes


The Salary Commission has 10 members.  The following list of members were appointed and all have two year terms that commenced on January 1, 2017.  

Member Position Email Address Phone
Mike Arbiter Citizen At Large Email 2621 Moore Street, Bellingham, WA 98226 360-739-4763
Kristi Birkeland Citizen At Large Email 854 E. Douglas Ave, Bellingham, WA 98229 360-201-6902
Justin Iverson

Organized Labor


Email 4821 E. Oregon St., Bellingham, WA 98225 360-738-9663
George King
Citizen At Large
P.O. Box 609, Maple Falls, WA 98266
Brian Lydiard Business



1463 Glen Cove Lane, Bellingham, WA 98229 360-671-4537
Randy T. Morris
Citizen At Large
Email 3455 Alm Road, Everson, WA 98247
Jason Russell
Citizen At Large
Email 6189 Apollo Drive, Ferndale, WA 98248
Diana Schmidt Citizen At Large Email 2233 Sweetbay Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229 360-441-2889
Jon Sitkin
Legal Profession
Email 2635 Shepardson Street, Bellingham, WA 98226
Wendy Wefer-Clinton Personnel Management Email 823 E. Lake Samish Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229 360-733-4382


Of the 10 members, 6 were selected by lot by the County Auditor from among those registered voters eligible to vote at the time persons were selected for appointment to full terms on the commission. 
Of the 10 Commission members, 4 are selected and appointed by the County Executive. All 4 of these appointees have experience in personnel management, and 1 member was selected from each of the following fields of expertise:
  • Business
  • Legal profession
  • Organized labor
  • Professional personnel management,

Term Limit

  • 2 consecutive full terms

Term Length

  • 2 years


Date of Formation

  • February 28, 2012

Meeting Resources & Documents