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Published: Friday, March 30, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

What Snohomish County officials earn



Appointees to the Snohomish County Citizens' Commission on Salaries of Elected Officials started meeting last month to decide what a dozen elected leaders should earn. These unpaid commissioners can weigh several factors in their decision, including the pay that elected leaders get in other jurisdictions, how wages have changed for county workers and the overall state of the economy. At an April 11 public hearing, people will have a chance to testify.


The commission meets every other year. In 2010, members decided to keep county leaders' salaries at 2009 levels -- without cost-of-living raises. Those salaries remain in effect through this year. This time, the commission can choose to increase or decrease pay. However, any pay cuts can only take effect after an incumbent's term is over.

Who's on the commission

There are 10 members. Six are selected by lot by the county auditor from among the county's registered voters. The other four must have experience in specific sectors: law, business, organized labor and human resources. Commission members are recommended by the county executive and confirmed by the County Council.

Meeting schedule

(6 p.m. every other Wednesday)
• April 11 -- Public hearing
• April 25 -- Final meeting
Location: Sixth floor executive board room, 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett

What officials here and elsewhere earn now

King County Executive Dow Constantine $202,510
Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy$179,336
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn$174,056
Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire$166,891
Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna$151,718
Superior Court judges$148,832
Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Roe$148,832
Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon$147,099
Snohomish County Sheriff John Lovick$121,061
Snohomish County Council Chairman Brian Sullivan*$113,057
Snohomish County Assessor Cindy Portmann$104,360
Other Snohomish County Council members$102,779
Snohomish County Auditor Carolyn Weikel$99,310
Snohomish County Clerk Sonya Kraski$98,789
Snohomish County Treasurer Kirke Sievers$98,789
Washington state representatives and senators$42,106
* As a matter of compensation policy, the County Council chairman earns more than other members.

For comparison, Snohomish County in 2010

Median household income: $66,300
Median income for a full-time male worker: $56,152
Median income for a full-time female worker: $41,621

More information

Snohomish County Citizens' Commission on Salaries of Elected Officials:; search for "salary commission"
Washington Citizens' Commission on Salaries of Elected Officials:
Everett (began meeting March 21):
Edmonds (began meeting March 26):
Marysville (will start meeting after July 1, date to be determined):
Stanwood (newly established):
Story tags » Snohomish County government

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