Chapter 1.16
Salary Commission


1.16.010    Salary Commission established.

1.16.020    Membership.

1.16.030    Powers.

1.16.040    Meetings to be open.

1.16.010 Salary Commission established.

A Salary Commission is hereby established to perform the functions set forth in RCW 35.21.015.  (Ord. 05-797 § 1; Ord. 08-863 § 1).

1.16.020 Membership.

(a) The Salary Commission shall have three members who shall be appointed by the Mayor, with the approval of the Council, for five-year terms.

(b) Members may be removed during their terms for cause of incapacity, incompetence, neglect of duty, malfeasance in office, or for a disqualifying change of residence.

(c) No officer, official, or employee of the City or any of their immediate family members may serve as a member of the Salary Commission.  (Ord. 05-797 § 2; Ord. 08-863 § 1).

1.16.030 Powers.

(a) The Salary Commission shall set the salaries for elected officials of the City.  The Commission shall convene and review the salaries of the City’s elected officials once every five years, or sooner when directed to do so by a majority vote of the City Council.

(b) Any change in salary shall be filed by the Salary Commission with the City Clerk and shall become effective and incorporated into the City budget without further action of the City Council or Salary Commission.

(c) Salary increases established by the Commission shall be effective as to incumbent City elected officials, regardless of their terms in office, subject to the provisions of DMC 1.16.040.

(d) Salary decreases established by the Commission shall become effective as to incumbent City elected officials at the commencement of their next subsequent terms of office.

(e) Commission action fixing the salaries of elected officials of the City pursuant to this chapter shall supersede any provision of any other City ordinance related to such salaries.  (Ord. 05-797 § 3; Ord. 08-863 § 1).

1.16.040 Meetings to be open.

The proceedings and actions of the Salary Commission shall be undertaken in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act, Chapter 42.30 RCW, as if the Commission was a “governing body” as defined in that Act; provided, that notice of all meetings of the Commission shall be issued pursuant to RCW 42.30.080, and the Commission shall not meet in executive session.  (Ord. 05-797 § 4; Ord. 08-863 § 1).