By Noah Haglund Herald Writer
EVERETT – Two public hearings are scheduled in the coming weeks to set salaries for the mayor, city council members and municipal judges.
The first hearing is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday in the fifth-floor human resources training room at the Wall Street Building, 2930 Wetmore Ave.
The second is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 17 in the Wall Street Building’s eight-floor hearing room.
The hearings are being conducted by the city’s Citizen Commission on Salaries of Elected Officials, which has been meeting every other year since 1997.
It’s the commission’s responsibility to look at elected officials’ job descriptions, comparable positions elsewhere and cost-of-living changes to determine whether pay adjustments are in order.
Decisions made this year will apply in 2014 and 2015.
Current yearly pay for Mayor Ray Stephanson is about $159,000. Under the commission’s draft proposal, that would rise to $162,000 next year and to $167,000 in 2015.
Yearly pay for council members, under the proposal, would stay about $27,000. The council member selected as president would continue to get an extra 30 percent.
Municipal judge salaries are pegged to compensation for state District Court judges and would remain so under the proposal. The current pay for one Everett judge is about $142,000 and about $113,000 for the other, who works part time. Under the draft, the judges’ pay would be pro-rated for part-time work.
The draft salary schedule is available at www.ci.everett.wa.us/default.aspx?ID=1946.
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