Lake Stevens sets up city salary commission

LAKE STEVENS — The city is seeking volunteers to help decide how much their mayor and City Council members should be paid.

A new five-person commission is being formed to set salaries for Lake Stevens’ elected officials. Applications are available and due by the end of the month. Commissioners will be appointed by the mayor and approved by the council.

The city has five other volunteer boards and commissions, all of which follow the same application, appointment and approval process, said Steve Edin, the city’s human resources director.

“It’s a good public process and a good chance for people to get involved,” he said.

Salaries for the mayor and City Council have not been reviewed or changed since 2002, Edin said.

Mayor Vern Little makes $1,200 a month. The seven council members make $300 a month plus $50 per meeting, capped at four meetings a month.

The city budgeted $56,400 per year in 2013 and 2014 for the mayor’s and council’s salaries.

Lake Stevens, home to nearly 30,000 people, modeled its salary commission after other cities, including Everett and Marysville.

Marysville’s seven-member salary commission has been in place since 2003, human resources director Kristie Guy said. The city of 63,000 pays its mayor $10,246 per month and council members $950 per month, plus $50 per meeting for up to 10 meetings a month.

In Everett, the county’s largest city with more than 105,000 people, the salary commission set the mayor’s pay at $13,249.06 per month for 2014. Council members make $2,247.04 per month.

To serve on the Lake Stevens Salary Commission, a volunteer must be a U.S. citizen who has lived in the city for at least a year. Applicants cannot be a city employee or official, or an immediate relative of a city employee or official.

Applications are available at Lake Stevens City Hall, 1812 Main St., or online at www.ci.lake-stevens.wa.us.

Kari Bray: 425-339-3439, kbray@heraldnet.com

Talk to us

More in Local News

An emergency responder uses a line to navigate the steep slope along a Forest Service road where seven people were injured Saturday when a vehicle went off the road near the Boulder River trailhead west of Darrington. (Darrington Fire District)
7 hurt in crash off cliff west of Darrington; 1 airlfited

A vehicle crashed on a forest service road near Boulder River, leading to a major rescue operation.

The aftermath of a fire that damaged a unit at the Villas at Lakewood apartment complex in Marysville on Saturday. (Marysville Fire District)
2 families displaced by Marysville apartment fire

Nobody was injured when the fire broke out Saturday morning on 27th Avenue NE.

Mukilteo asks for input on housing density, and it’s complicated

Here’s a guide to what voters should know about the advisory ballot measure. What does it actually do?

Kevin Gallagher (from the Snohomish County Official Local Voters’ Pamphlet November 2, 2021 General Election)
Kevin Gallagher, a Marysville City Council candidate, dies

Kevin Gallagher, 52, died at home of natural causes. He was challenging incumbent Councilmember Tom King.

Clouds hover over the waters off Everett's western edge Monday morning. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
Get ready for La Niña and a soggy winter in Snohomish County

After a hot, dry summer, Washington feels like Washington again. Damp. Gray. Normal.

Downtown Coupeville on Whidbey Island, March 2021. (Harry Anderson)
Whidbey Island real estate prices continue to climb

Despite a slight lull in August and September, it continues to be a seller’s market on Whidbey.

Gold Bar man airlifted after trying to start fire with gas

The man suffered severe burns after he used gasoline to start a fire in his yard.

Another housing unit at Monroe prison targeted for closure

A corrections leader says 502 workers could lose their jobs if they aren’t vaccinated against COVID by Monday.

Mill Creek Police at the scene of a fatal car accident on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (Mill Creek Police)
Police investigating Mill Creek collision where man died

A stretch of 35th Ave SE was expected to be closed for a few hours Friday night.

Most Read