Salary Commission

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The City of Bainbridge Island is seeking volunteers to serve on the Salary Commission whose purpose is to set the salary of the City Council. Expected duration of service is four months.

Applicants must be available late November to early December for interviews. 

Regular Meetings

  • To Be Determined

Established By

Ordinance No. 2019-23

Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

Mission and Responsibilities 

A. Beginning in 2019, and every seven years thereafter, the commission shall have the duty to review the salaries paid by the city to each elected city official. The commission shall complete its review within 120 days of the first meeting of the commission. The City Council may approve a request from the commission for an extension of the 120-day review period. 

 B. If after such review the commission determines that the salary paid to any elected city official should be increased or decreased, the commission shall file a written salary schedule with the city clerk indicating the increase or decrease in salary.

 C. Any increase or decrease in salary established by the commission shall become effective and incorporated into the city budget without further action of the city council or the commission.

 D. Salary increases established by the commission shall be effective as to all city elected officials, regardless of their terms of office.

 E. Salary decreases established by the commission shall become effective as to incumbent city-elected officials at the commencement of their next subsequent terms of office.

 F. If after review the commission determines that the salary paid to any elected city official should not be increased or decreased, then the commission shall file a written determination with the city clerk indicating that no salary adjustment is appropriate.

Membership, Appointment, Compensation, Term

A. There is created a salary commission for the city. The commission shall consist of seven members, to be appointed by the mayor with the approval of the city council.

B. A member of the commission shall serve until either: the commission completes its salary review and files a salary schedule with the city clerk; or the commission issues a final determination that no salary adjustment is appropriate. 

C. Beginning in 2019, a salary commission shall be appointed and shall begin a new salary review as provided herein. Every seven years thereafter, a new salary commission shall be appointed to perform a new salary review in accordance with this chapter. 

D. No member of the commission shall be appointed to more than two terms.

E. A member of the commission shall not be an officer, official, or employee of the city or an immediate family member of an officer, official, or employee of the city. For purposes of this section, “immediate family member” means the parents, spouse, siblings, children, or dependent relatives of an officer, official, or employee of the city, whether or not living in the household of the officer, official, or employee.

F. A member of the commission shall not be appointed to another city committee, board or commission, except for specialized committees or task forces of limited duration.

 G. Members shall serve without compensation.

H. Members shall sign a conflict of interest statement in accordance with the city’s ethics program upon appointment and any reappointment.