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.

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.

  • January 18, 2021 - Meeting Recording Link (Passcode: 770511)
  • February 15, 2021 - Meeting Recording Link (Passcode: H0CI@iHx)
  • March 1, 2021 - Meeting Recording Link (Passcode: 9rh*Hk25)
  • March 15, 2021 - Meeting Recording Link (Passcode: ==kj1gJX)
  • April 5, 2021 - Meeting Recording Link (Passcode: t*EVkP1.)
  • April 19, 2021 - Meeting Recording Link (Passcode: ?n?AW5kr)

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 in the Fall of 2022 and all have two year terms that will commence on January 1, 2023 and end on December 31, 2024.  

Member Position Email Address Phone
Michael Anderson Citizen At Large Email Bellingham WA 98229 360-820-6238
Lance Calloway



Email Bellingham, WA 98226 360-961-5323
Dewey Desler Citizen At Large Email

Bellingham, WA 98225 360-303-3046
Karen Funston Legal Profession
Bellingham, WA 98225 360-927-2501
Jeremy Irwin Citizen At Large
Email Bellingham, WA 98226
Lori Province Organized Labor Email Bellingham, WA 98225 206-351-2956
James Runyon Citizen At Large Email Bellingham, WA 98225 206-465-2204
Rebecca Sadwick Shaddix Citizen At Large Email Bellingham, WA 98229 805-390-5066
Linda Stone Citizen At Large Email Bellingham, WA 98229 360-319-5895
Bernice Vonnegut Personnel Management Email Lynden, WA 98264 360-815-5890


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