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.

The Commission has reconvened in early 2023 and has set the meeting schedule as follows:
January 31, 2023 from 4:00-6:00 pm
February 16, 2023 from 4:00-6:00 pm
March 2, 2023 from 4:00-6:00 pm
March 16, 2023 from 4:00-6:00 pm
March 30, 2023 from 4:00-6:00 pm
April 13, 2023 from 4:00-6:00 pm

All meetings are held in virtual format (online). For more details please refer to the Agenda.

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 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
Piper Mertle Citizen At Large Email Bellingham, WA 98225 360-738-3855
Lori Province Organized Labor Email Bellingham, WA 98225 206-351-2956
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
Vanessa Bronsema Personnel Management Email Bellingham, WA 98225  


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