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Salary Commission

As authorized by RCW 35.21.015, in 2005 the City of Kirkland established a Salary Commission to set the salaries of the Mayor and City Council Members. The Salary Commission is made up of three citizens who are appointed for staggered terms by the Mayor with the approval of the City Council.

Current Members:
Jeffry Canin
Santos Contreras
M. Larry McKinney

The Salary Commission meets not less than one time per year, during the months of August or September. 

If the Salary Commission elects to change the salaries of the Mayor and City Council Members, it files the salary adjustment with the City Clerk and the adjustment automatically becomes effective. No action of the City Council is required. Any recommended salary increases go into effect immediately for the Mayor and City Council Members regardless of their terms.  However, salary decreases established by the Salary Commission only become effective as to incumbent City Council Members at the commencement of their next term.

At a public meeting on August 19, 2014, the Salary Commission met to review the salaries paid to the City Council.  The Commission decided to maintain the monthly salary for the Mayor at $1,400 and the monthly salary for the City Council at $1,100.  The Commission left unchanged the option for the Mayor and Council Members to have the City pay the premium for their individual participation in the City’s medical, dental, and vision package or to receive an allowance of $300 per month in lieu of receiving these benefits.  Two compensation elements added by the Salary Commission include:
  • The Mayor and City Council Members shall receive the same percentage of salary increase, if any, received by the Management and Confidential (MAC) employees group in the year 2015 and shall receive any 2015 salary increase at the same time the increase is received by MAC employees.
  • Effective January 1, 2015, the Mayor and City Council Members shall receive a monthly car allowance of $225.00.
The Commission approved these actions with the adoption of Resolution 14-001.

Salary Resolutions
Resolution No. 15-001(PDF)
Resolution No. 14-001 (PDF)
Resolution No. 13-001 (PDF)
Resolution No. 12-001 (PDF)
Resolution No. 09-001 (PDF)
Resolution No. 07-001 (PDF)
Resolution No. 06-001 (PDF)

Michael Olson, Director of Finance and Administration
Robin Jenkinson, City Attorney 
James Lopez, Director of Human Resources

Page updated: Jan. 5, 2016