Salary Commission

Pursuant to RCW 35.21.015, the City of Bellevue authorized creation of an independent Salary Commission, effective Sept. 6, 2016, with the authority to set the salary of the members of the City Council.


  • Ronald Higgs, Chair
  • Jerry Kroon, Vice-Chair
  • Sue Baugh
  • Gerald Hughes
  • Benjamin Piper

The commission is specifically charged with:

  1. Studying both the relationship of salaries to the duties of mayor, deputy mayor and councilmembers and the costs personally incurred by councilmembers in performing such duties
  2. Studying the relationship of the Bellevue City Council salaries and benefits to the salaries and benefits of Councilmembers in surrounding cities and other current market conditions
  3. Establishing salary and benefits by either increasing or decreasing the existing salary and benefits of each position by an affirmative vote of at least three members
  4. Reviewing and filing a salary and compensation schedule with the City Clerk by Dec. 31, 2016. (Ordinance 6306 and Ordinance 6322)

Salary Commission Decision

The 2016 Bellevue Independent Salary Commission decision can be found here.