The citizen’s commission on salaries of elected officials in Snohomish County is expected to make its recommendations on raises for elected officials this week. The commission meets every two years and the last time they voted to increase salaries of elected officials was in 2009. At that time they authorized raises of about 5 1/2 percent.
The last scheduled meeting of the Citizens’ Commission on Salaries of Elected Officials is this Wednesday April 25th, at 6:00 pm in the Executive Board Room on the 6th floor of the West Administration Building, 3000 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett. Accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request. Please make arrangements in advance by calling 425-388-3460.
About the Commission
The Snohomish County Citizens’ Commission on Salaries of Elected Officials is an independent commission that meets every two years to fix the salaries of elected officials in Snohomish County. The Commission sets base salaries according to the duties of office and to attract citizens of the highest quality to public service. The offices whose salaries are set by the Commission are the County Council, Executive, Assessor, Auditor, Clerk, Prosecuting Attorney, Sheriff and Treasurer.
In 2012, the Commission will review the salary schedule for 2013 and 2014. The recommendations of the Commission are required by law to be certified by May 1, 2012. In 2006, the voters of Snohomish County approved an amendment to the Snohomish County Charter that requires the recommendations of the Commission to become law without further action by the County Council or Executive on January 1 of the following year subject to referendum as provided in SCC 2.105.080 and Charter section 6.120.
Who is on the Commission?
The Commission is made up of ten members, nominated by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council. Six of the members of the Commission are selected by lot by the County Auditor from among all registered voters in Snohomish County. The remaining four members are required to have experience in the field of personnel management and come from four sectors: business, professional personnel management, legal profession and organized labor. Commissioners serve two-year terms.