Elected county official pay raises set

EVERETT — A citizens commission has recommended what Snohomish County’s elected officials should earn in 2015 and 2016.

County Executive John Lovick, if re-elected, stands to get a 6 percent pay bump next year to $161,114. That’s up from $151,544 now.

The smallest raise — just shy of 2 percent — would go to the sheriff. Assuming he’s re-elected, Ty Trenary would get $127,014 next year, up from $124,720 now.

County council members would get a 5 percent raise, to $111,340. Current pay is $105,885. The chairman of the five-person council would receive an extra 10 percent, as has been past practice.

The assessor, auditor and clerk would earn similar pay to council members, under the recommendations. The lowest-paid elected official is Treasurer Kirke Sievers, whose pay would go up roughly 4 percent to $105,885 from $101,775.

The recommended pay scales would rise in 2016 by 90 percent of the local consumer price index.

The commission based the new pay levels on averages for comparable positions throughout the Puget Sound area. That included higher-cost locales such as Seattle and King County, as well as lower-cost ones such as Skagit County.

The commission meets every other year. Its 10 members include six registered voters chosen by lot. The other four represent specific employment sectors: business, human resources, the legal community and organized labor.

The commission made its latest recommendations last month. The changes require County Council approval before taking effect.

To learn more, go to www.snoco.org and search for “salary commission.”

Noah Haglund: 425-339-3465; nhaglund@heraldnet.com.

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