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.
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.
In 2012, the Salary Commission completed its seventh review of the salaries paid to the Mayor and City Council. At a public meeting in November 2012, the Salary Commission voted to reinstate the salaries of the Mayor and Council to their 2009 levels. In 2009, the Salary Commission decreased the salaries paid to the Mayor and the City Council Members by 3.4 percent. Copies of the Resolutions are posted below.
Resolution No. 12-001
Resolution No. 09-001
Resolution No. 07-001
Resolution No. 06-001
Upcoming Meeting (Salary Commission Meeting Agenda)
The Salary Commission meets not less than one time per year, during the months of August or September.
M. Larry McKinney
Tracey Dunlap, Director of Finance and Administration
Robin Jenkinson, City Attorney
James Lopez, Director of Human Resources
Page updated: 4/8/13