The Salary Commission, as authorized by City Ordinance, Chapter 10.80, is up to a five member commission that meets every other year to review and make binding salary and benefits recommendations for the City’s elected positions of Mayor and Council.
The Commission usually appoints one or two Chairs to serve on the Commission for the year’s process. Additionally, a designated Human Resources department representative serves as the City’s liaison to the Commission and facilitates the coordination of the meetings, gathering of comparables for the Commission to review and preparing meeting agendas, meeting minutes and assisting with the final presentation memo.
The meetings are typically held in the evenings after business hours once every few weeks for approximately 6-8 weeks and are based on the availability of the Commissioners’ schedules.
The Commission reviews and discusses current compensation information such as salary, wages, health insurance, allowances, benefits and other forms of remuneration commonly received in return for services from other comparator cities of similar population size and forms of government as Edmonds throughout King, Snohomish, Pierce Thurston and Kitsap counties, for example. The Commission also takes into consideration feedback from the elected officials through interviews as well as members of the public through 2 public hearings that occur during two of the meetings.
The Commission prepares a memo of their binding recommendations which is submitted to the City Clerks’ Office by August 1st in the year they are convening.
Additionally, the Commission makes a presentation of their binding recommendation at a public Council meeting after their binding recommendations are submitted to the City Attorney and the City Clerks’ Office. The Commission’s binding recommendations are then incorporated into the City's budget.
To be eligible to serve on the Commission, applicants must be a resident of Edmonds. Commissioners may serve two, 3 year terms to the Commission and are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by Council. Applicants who are interested in serving on the Commission when there are vacancies may apply by selecting the Boards and Commissions application link:
Download Salary Commission Application form here
After a review of the candidate applications, the Human Resources Office will contact any candidates to be interviewed by the Mayor (for appointment).