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 community members who are appointed for staggered terms by the Mayor with the approval of the City Council

Next Salary Commission Meeting

The Salary Commission meets not less than one time per year, during the months of August or September. Meetings start at 5:00 PM.

Meet the Salary Commissioners

Pete Merz - term expires 3/31/23


Pete Merz

Pete Merz joined the Salary Commission in June 2020.  A resident of Kirkland since 1998, Pete is grateful to have the opportunity to serve the City of Kirkland to promote transparency and help ensure our compensation structure for the city’s leadership is fair, competitive, and continues to attract the outstanding talent our city has benefited from over the years. Pete’s background is in corporate finance and includes employment with IBM Corporation for over 40 years.  During that career Pete have served in a variety of geography and subsidiary managerial and executive CFO roles, including 14 years assigned overseas in Asia.  Pete hopes to use that experience to serve and provide value to this wonderful community that he feels fortunate to raise his family in.  Pete’s schooling includes graduating with a B.S. in Business in 1980 from SUNY Fredonia and in 1983 receiving an MBA from Pace University in NYC.  During Pete’s free time he’s involved with Scouts, BSA and gets his whistle out as a soccer referee covering both high school and club soccer programs in King County.

VACANT - term expires 3/31/21


Sara Oppler - term expires 3/31/2022

Sara Oppler

I am an experienced Human Resources professional who has primarily worked in the non-profit sector.  Currently I am the Business Operations Director for a small local non-profit.  After graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science I lived in Montana and South Africa before returning to my home state of Washington.  I enjoy using my knowledge and skills to benefit the community where I live and raise my family.