What they make: South County mayors’ benefits

  • Tue Feb 21st, 2012 7:35pm

By Amy Daybert Herald writer

If you’re going to be a mayor in Snohomish County, you want to be mayor in Everett. That’s because the job pulls down an annual salary of $154,956. Not to mention health care and a pension. And that makes sense: Everett is the biggest city in the county.

But it doesn’t pay to be the head honcho in every city. From town to town, the pay and benefits vary widely, as do duties and demands.

Here’s a look at how South County cities reimburse their top official, in order of population.

Edmonds

Mayor: Dave Earling

Annual salary: $113,000

Pension: Can enroll in state plan but has chosen not to

Health care: Medical, dental and vision

Position: Full time

City population: 39,800

City employees: 199

Government: Mayor-council

Lynnwood

Mayor: Don Gough

Annual salary: $95,617

Pension: State plan with the employee contribution at 4.64 percent and employer contribution at 7.25 percent

Health care: Medical, dental, vision, employee assistance, life and long-term disability

Position: Full-time

City population: 35,860

City employees: 468

Government: Mayor-council

Mountlake Terrace

Mayor: Jerry Smith

Annual salary: $12,000

Pension: No

Health care: No

Position: Part time

City population: 19,990

City employees: 261

Government: Council-manager

Brier

Mayor: Bob Colinas

Annual salary: $12,000

Pension: No

Health care: Medical coverage or one-time payment of $630.48, which he elected to do.

Position: Part time

City population: 6,100

City employees: 18

Government: Mayor-council

Woodway

Mayor: Carla Nichols

Annual salary: None

Pension: No

Health care: No

Position: No set hours

City population: 1,305

City employees: 18

Government: Council-manager