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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
Sara Oppler

The Salary Commission meets not less than one time per year, during the months of August or September.  The 2016 meeting is on September 15, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chamber. The Commission will  receive public input and discuss possible adjustments to the salaries of the Mayor and Councilmembers.

Public comment may be given at the meeting or may be submitted in writing to: Salary Commission c/o City Attorney’s Office at 123 Fifth Avenue, Kirkland, WA 98033 or email prior to 5:00 p.m. on September 15, 2016.

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 September 29, 2015, 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 $1,428 and the monthly salary for the City Council at $1,122.  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.  Based on two compensation elements added by the Salary Commission in 2014 with the passage of Resolution 14-001 (linked below):

  • The Mayor and City Council Members received the two percent salary increase received by the Management and Confidential (MAC) employees group in 2016.
  • Effective January 1, 2016, the Mayor and Council Member receive a monthly transportation allowance of $225.00.

At the September 29, 2015, public meeting the Commission voted to approve Resolution No. 15-001 linked below and on file with the City Clerk.

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
Kevin Raymond, City Attorney 
James Lopez, Director of Human Resources

Page updated: Jan. 5, 2016