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 2020 and all have two year terms that will commence on January 1, 2021 and end on December 31, 2022.  

Member Position Email Address Phone
Jill Bernstein Legal Profession Email Sedro Woolley, WA 98284 360-961-2677
Lance Calloway



Email 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
Email Bellingham, WA 98226
Karen Peila Citizen At Large
Email Bellingham, WA 98226
Philip Howell
Citizen At Large
Email Bellingham, WA 98229
Lori Province Organized Labor Email Bellingham, WA 98225 206-351-2956
Bernice Vonnegut Personnel Management Email Lynden, WA 98264 360-815-5890
Matthew Williams Citizen At Large Email 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:
  • 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