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.
For 2021, the Commission conducted several meetings from January through April and after concluding their business the result was the Schedule of Salaries for Elected Officials for 2022 and 2023.
The Commission's recent meeting schedule is noted below. Since they have concluded their business for this year, they will not meet again until January of 2023. All meetings were conducted online through a virtual meeting platform.
Agendas are available prior to meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
The Salary Commission has 10 members. The following list of members were appointed in the Fall of 2020 and all have two year terms that will commence on January 1, 2021 and end on December 31, 2022.
|Jill Bernstein||Legal Profession||Sedro Woolley, WA 98284||360-961-2677|
|Bellingham, WA 98226||360-961-5323|
|Dewey Desler||Citizen At Large||Email
||Bellingham, WA 98225||360-303-3046|
|James Farmer||Citizen At Large
||Blaine, WA 98230||360-441-9526|
|Tracie Gulit||Citizen At Large
||Bellingham, WA 98226
|Karen Peila||Citizen At Large
||Bellingham, WA 98226
|Lori Province||Organized Labor||Bellingham, WA 98225||206-351-2956|
|Bernice Vonnegut||Personnel Management||Lynden, WA 98264||360-815-5890|
|Matthew Williams||Citizen At Large||Bellingham, WA 98226||360-920-4078|
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: