Thurston County Courthouse

The Thurston County Courthouse

The Thurston County Citizens Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials will hold a hearing to collect public testimony on proposed salary increases for 2020 at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9.

The hearing will be held at the Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, Room 152, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Olympia.

Currently, the elected county commissioners, assessor, auditor, clerk, coroner and treasurer all have a monthly salary of $10,163. That amount would increase to $10,549 a month if the commission’s recommendations are approved. The county prosecuting attorney, who currently makes $14,381 a month, would receive $15,915. The sheriff would see an increase from the current monthly salary of $12,180 to $13,033.

“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,” the county wrote in a press release. “The County 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 commissioners’ salary directly to the auditor. The Board of County Commissioners must act on the recommended salaries.”

In addition to the public hearing, Thurston County residents are also encouraged to submit written comments until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4. Written comments can be submitted in person at 929 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Room 117, mailed to Ruth Elder, Thurston County Human Resources, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia WA 98502, or emailed to ruth.elder@co.thurston.wa.us.

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