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 2019, the Commission conducted several meetings from January through April and they have concluded their business for this year.  The result is the Schedule of Salaries for Elected Officials for 2020 and 2021.  

The Commission will meet again in January of 2021.

Agendas & Minutes

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

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The Salary Commission has 10 members.  The following list of members were appointed in the Fall of 2018 and all have two year terms that commenced on January 1, 2019 and end on December 31, 2020.  

Member Position Email Address Phone
Bonne Broadway Citizen At Large Email 8153 Quinault Road, Blaine, WA 98230 360-305-4246
Justin Iverson

Organized Labor


Email 4821 E. Oregon St., Bellingham, WA 98225 360-739-7658
Lisa Karlberg Business Email

432 W. Bakerview Road, #101, Bellingham, WA 98226 360-483-4572
George King
Citizen At Large
P.O. Box 609, Maple Falls, WA 98266
Randy T. Morris
Citizen At Large
Email 3455 Alm Road, Everson, WA 98247
Karen Peila Citizen At Large
Email 2915 Haggin Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
Jon Sitkin
Legal Profession
Email 2635 Shepardson Street, Bellingham, WA 98226
Wayne Tomlinson Citizen At Large Email 7352 Seashell Way, Blaine, WA 98230 360-223-0435
Martin Watterson Citizen At Large Email 1406 W. Illinois Street, Bellingham, WA 98225 360-220-1035
Wendy Wefer-Clinton Personnel Management Email 823 E. Lake Samish Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229 360-961-3812


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