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 are available prior to meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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.
|Michael Anderson||Citizen At Large||Bellingham WA 98229||360-820-6238|
|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
||Bellingham, WA 98226
|Piper Mertle||Citizen At Large||Bellingham, WA 98225||360-738-3855|
|Lori Province||Organized Labor||Bellingham, WA 98225||206-351-2956|
|Rebecca Sadwick Shaddix||Citizen At Large||Bellingham, WA 98229||805-390-5066|
|Linda Stone||Citizen At Large||Bellingham, WA 98229||360-319-5895|
|Vanessa Bronsema||Personnel Management||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: