Edmonds City Council members (L-R) Mike Nelson, Diane Buckshnis, Dave Teitzel, Kristiana Johnson, Neil Tibbott, Adrienne Fraley-Monillas and Thomas Mesaros. (City of Edmonds)

Edmonds City Council members (L-R) Mike Nelson, Diane Buckshnis, Dave Teitzel, Kristiana Johnson, Neil Tibbott, Adrienne Fraley-Monillas and Thomas Mesaros. (City of Edmonds)

Edmonds survey: Most find mayor, council members paid fairly

The Edmonds Salary Commission’s report on city leaders’ salaries is due in late September.

EDMONDS — Before Edmonds voters choose a new mayor and some council positions this fall, an appointed panel gets to decide how much money the people serving in those positions should make.

A 100-person survey by the Edmonds Salary Commission found that most participants thought the council and mayor were paid fairly. Those who disagreed said they should make more.

The five-person committee is tasked with proposing salaries for the city’s elected officials. The group’s report is due in late September.

The mayor is a full-time position making more than $125,000 a year, plus benefits worth nearly $9,000. Councilmembers work part time with a $15,000 salary and the same benefits. The council president gets an extra $2,400.

The survey also found most people want “accountability measures” tied to council pay. That could include meeting attendance and hours worked.

Commission members said it would be difficult to gauge how much time a councilmember works.

Councilmembers haven’t seen a salary raise since 2013. In the last three years, the mayor’s pay has risen $10,000.

The commission’s last meeting is Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.

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