City seeks members for Salary Commission

Independent, limited-term commission will set salaries for Bellingham City Council members

July 26, 2022 - by Janice Keller, Communications Director

The City of Bellingham is seeking members for an independent, limited-term commission charged with establishing salaries for members of the Bellingham City Council. Bellingham residents interested in serving on the commission are encouraged to apply by Sunday, August 21, 2022. (Edit on 8/15/2022: Suggested application date extended from Aug.15 to Aug. 21.)

Qualifications for serving on the Salary Commission include living in the City of Bellingham and being a registered voter. The commission’s work is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. Interested members should be available on the meeting dates listed below.

The Salary Commission meeting schedule is 6-8 p.m. on the following Wednesdays:

September 14, 28
October 12, 26
November 9, 16
(additional meetings will be scheduled if needed)

Community members who meet the qualifications for appointment may apply by submitting a letter of interest along with the City Boards and Commissions application. Members will be appointed by Mayor Seth Fleetwood with the approval of the Bellingham City Council. The commission is expected to complete its work and disband by the end of the year.

In December 2021, the Bellingham City Council approved Ordinance 2021-12-051 establishing an independent commission to periodically review and establish the salaries of members of the Bellingham City Council, in conformance with RCW 35.21.015.

The salary direction set by the Salary Commission is final. Bellingham City Council member salary guidance established by the Salary Commission will become effective and incorporated into the City budget by the Finance Director with no further action by the Salary Commission or the Bellingham City Council.

More information available on the City’s Salary Commission webpage.

Media Contact

Janice Keller, Communications Director or (360) 778-8100


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