Salary Commission approves cost-of-living adjustments

Apr 30, 2012

The Snohomish County Citizens’ Commission on Salaries of Elected Officials has approved salaries for elected officials during 2013 and 2014.

Under the salary schedule, the county executive, council, assessor, auditor, clerk, sheriff and treasurer will see a 1.5-percent cost-of-living adjustment each of the two years, equal to the COLA recently negotiated with the county’s largest bargaining unit, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

The commission also approved tying the prosecuting attorney’s salary to superior court judges as set by the state salary commission, as has been done since 2002.

The commission is an independent group that meets every two years to set the salaries of elected officials in Snohomish County. By law, salary recommendations must be made by May 1 for the next two-year period.

The commission is made up of 10 members, nominated by the county executive and confirmed by the county council. Six of the commission members 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.

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