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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, November 26, 2018
Contact:
Ramiro Chavez, Thurston County Manager, (360)754-2960, or email at Ramiro.chavez@co.thurston.wa.gov

Commissioners Approve Salaries Recommended by Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials
Salary increase recommendations are for 2019

OLYMPIA -  On Friday, November 16, the Board of County Commissioners approved the salary recommendations from the Thurston County Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials to be included in the 2019-2020 budget. 

The Commissioners have the authority to approve the elected officials’ salaries but do not have the authority to approve their own salaries. The Citizens’ Commission submits the salary recommendation for the Commissioners directly to the Auditor. 

The Commissioners did not feel they needed a 3.5% increase and as a result they sought legal counsel to determine if there was a legal way to reject their salary increase. There was no legal option for the Commissioners to deny an increase to their salary. 

Elected Officials Salaries for 2019
Elected Official2019 Increase2019 Monthly Salary
County Commissioners3.5%$10,163
Assessor3.5%$10,163
Auditor3.5%$10,163
Clerk3.5%$10,163
Coroner3.5%$10,163
Prosecuting Attorney2.0%$14,381
Sheriff7.0%$12,180
Treasurer3.5%$10,163

Background:
The Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials sets the salaries of the Thurston County Commissioners and makes a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners regarding the salaries of the elected Assessor, Auditor, Clerk, Coroner, Prosecuting Attorney, Sheriff, and Treasurer.

For more information on the Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials, visit: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/bocc/Pages/boards.aspx 

The recommendations for the salary increases will be approved as part of the 2019-2020 budget process. The Commissioners will hold public hearings on December 3 (1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) and December 4 (1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) to receive public testimony on the proposed budget. The Commissioners will adopt the final budget on Friday, December 14, at 10:00 p.m. The public hearings and final adoption of the budget will occur at the Courthouse Complex, Building 1, Room 280.  

Disability Accommodations: Room 280 is equipped with an assistive listening system and is wheelchair accessible. To request disability accommodations call the Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator at least three days prior to the meeting at 360-786-5440. Persons with speech or hearing disabilities may call via Washington Relay: 711 or 800-833-6388.

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County Commissioners:

John Hutchings

District 1

Gary Edwards

District 2

Bud Blake

District 3