Lakewood City Hall

Salary Commission

The Salary Commission determines the salaries paid to the Mayor and the City Council.

Agendas and Minutes


The Salary Commission:

  1. Meets within 45 days of new Mayor or City Councilmember confirmation to determine salary;
  2. Provides an opportunity for residents of Lakewood to comment on the salaries of elected officials before making a decision;
  3. After determining the salaries of the Mayor and the City Council, the Salary Commission files a statement of the salaries with the City Clerk. A salary increase shall be effective on the next payday for City employees. A salary decrease shall be effective at the commencement of the next subsequent term of office.
  4. Any increase or decrease in salary shall become effective without further action of the City Council, and shall supersede any salary set forth in a City ordinance related to the budget or the salaries of the Mayor and City Councilmembers.


Current Members

The Salary Commission has five voting members.

  1. The term of a salary commission member shall be for one salary review. The term starts upon City Council confirmation and ends upon the filing of the statement of salaries with the City Clerk.
  2. Members of the salary commission must not:
    • Be an officer, official, or employee of the City;
    • Be an immediate family member of an officer, official, or employee of the City. “Immediate family member” means parents, spouse, siblings, children, or dependent relatives whether they live with the official or not.

Member Responsibilities

Individuals appointed are expected to attend meetings regularly. The City Council may remove a member of the salary commission from office for the cause of incapacity, incompetence, neglect of duty, or malfeasance in office.

Commission members must vote on various business decisions. A majority vote is required to follow through with any decisions.

How to Join

Applications are available at the City Clerk’s Office, City of Lakewood, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood, WA 98499, or online: Application_for_Appointment.

Schedule, Agendas, and Minutes

Past Meetings







City of Lakewood – City Clerk
6000 Main Street SW
Lakewood WA 98499
(253) 589-2489