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Home » Archives » October 2011 » Elected Officials Paid Fairly?

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10/13/2011: "Elected Officials Paid Fairly?"

The Citizens’ Salary Commission will meet soon to discuss the 2012 compensation package of elected officials; and for those who have an opinion on the subject, now is the time to express it to the commissioners.

The Citizens’ Salary Commission will meet to discuss 2012 compensation of elected officials on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, at 9:30 a.m., at the first floor Hearing Room of the Legislative Building, 55 Second St., in Friday Harbor.

At past meetings some elected officials have shown up to argue for an increase -and in one case, a decrease- in their pay, or have expressed a raise is not needed. he Commission makes the final determination (with the exception of judges, since part of their pay is from the state) of what the salary of elected officials should be.

The public is invited to attend; however, written submissions (and sugested agenda items) to the Commission must be received by 10/31/11 to be considered.

Send to CSC, 350 Court Street, #5, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. The meeting agenda will be posted one week prior on the County website at .


San Juan County Ordinance No. 4-2006 Established the San Juan
County Citizen’s Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials) took effect on March
17th, 2006. The Ordinance outlines the following:

Section 6. Duties of Salary Commission. The salary commission shall have the duty at such intervals as determined by the commission, to review and set the salary to be paid to the following elected officials: County Council member, County Assessor, County Auditor, County Clerk, County Sheriff, County
Treasurer, and Prosecuting Attorney. Pursuant to the County Charter, the salary commission shall establish a salary schedule that is commensurate with the duties of the officer. Promptly after the salary commission determines the salary to be paid, but at least 30 days before the last day for filing for office, the commission shall file a written salary schedule with the County Auditor indicating
the increase or decrease in salary and any periodic adjustment to the salary and the schedule of such adjustment. Any change shall become effective and Page 2 of 9, Staff Report to Citizens’ Salary Commission for 12/3/08 meeting incorporated into the County budget without further action of the County Council or salary commission

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