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Published on April 17, 2024
Bellevue Seeks Five Residents for Independent Salary Commission to Set Public Official PaySource: Facebook / City of Bellevue, Washington - Government

The City of Bellevue is on the hunt for five civic-minded residents ready to tackle the hefty task of setting public officials' pay. The call is out for volunteers to join the newly assembled Independent Salary Commission, tasked with setting the right numbers for city council members' compensation, a decision last made nearly a decade ago.

Candidates have until the stroke of 5 p.m. on May 3rd to throw their names into the ring, according to a recent city announcement. It's an opportunity to quite literally put a price on the value of local governance, as these volunteers review, and potentially revise the salaries that were last set in 2016 following the establishment of an independent commission.

Bellevue's mayor will select the commission members with a nod of approval from the city council. By December 1, this team must present their findings and recommendations for the financial acknowledgment of council members, including the mayor and deputy mayor, and disband after their mission is complete.

Those hoping to serve require a history in Bellevue – at least one year – and must be registered voters in King County, as per the rules laid out by the city. If you work for the city or have a relative who does, you'll need to sit this one out. The city has stated that they're looking for volunteers with a keen eye for compensation analysis, preferably with a background in human resources or similar fields.

Bellevue is also echoing the current call for diversity, asking for any eligible persons to apply. With the interviews slated for May, the city is gearing up quickly to ensure that officials' salaries properly reflect the current economic landscape. For more details or to apply, Bellevue residents can visit the official city news post at