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Clark County is one of 39 counties in Washington. As of 2010, Clark County had a population of 425,363.[1] The county seat is in the City of Vancouver.

Website evaluation

Last rated on Jan. 23, 2012

The good

  • Budget is published.[2]
  • Public records policy and contact information provided.[3]
  • Commissioners listed, can be individually contacted through online form.[4] Meetings schedule, minutes and agendas available.[5]
  • Current bids available, contracts are not online.[6]
  • Building permits[7] and zoning information.[8]
  • Local tax information is provided.[9]
  • Audits are available.[10]
  • Officials listed under respective departments.[11]

The bad

Budget

The 2011-2012 budget totals $886,219,368 in expenditures. The following tables outline expenditure and revenue information for the past four budgets.[12]

Expenditure 2005-2006 2007-2008 2009-2010 2011-2012
Salaries and Benefits $246,661,768 $290,722,606 $285,700,885 $293,626,599
Supplies and Services $228,952,464 $279,233,654 $253,738,675 $305,104,686
Internal Transfers $101,609,529 $148,125,005 $117,132,647 $105,630,938
Capital Expenditures $100,055,901 $111,356,289 $56,980,555 $79,228,160
Debt Service $98,865,638 $31,637,763 $31,512,461 $33,504,020
Reserves/Interfund $54,256,860 $68,052,959 $71,797,235 $69,124,965
Total $830,402,160 929,128,277 816,862,457 $886,219,368
Revenue Type 2005-2006 2007-2008 2009-2010 2011-2012
Taxes $263,571,474 $276,430,109 $274,441,132 $276,357,106
Licenses and Permits $18,369,982 $15,164,275 $15,183,915 $15,542,561
Intergovernmental $179,287,921 $234,046,544 $201,057,640 $199,584,473
Charges for Services $131,728,618 $158,533,092 $124,347,571 $182,926,026
Fines $7,366,012 $8,068,990 $7,264,954 $7,278,672
Misc $50,046,956 $63,599,316 $45,223,169 $56,635,498
Other/Transfers $105,721,256 $152,956,418 $123,639,421 $119,133,410
Prior Period Trans $4,358,792 $10,396,638 $1,691,619 $1,087,415
Bond Proceeds $74,542,351 $12,387,411 $2,440,322 $14,577,000
Total Revenue $834,993,360 $931,582,794 $795,289,743 $873,122,161

Public Employees

Elected Officials

The Board of Clark County Commissioners is made up of three members representing individual districts for four year terms.[13] County Commissioners earned a salary of $102,228 in 2012.[14]

First Last Position District Party Salary
Tom Mielke Commissioner 1 Republican $102,228
Marc Boldt Chair 2 Republican $102,228
Steve Stuart Commissioner 3 Democratic $102,228
Peter Van Nortwick Assessor Republican $97,116
Greg Kimsey Auditor Republican $97,116
Scott Weber Clerk Republican $97,116
Tony Golik Prosecuting Attorney Democratic $148,836
Garry Lucas Sheriff Republican $102,228
Doug Lasher Treasurer Democratic $97,116

Administrative Officials

The County Commissioners select a County Administrator to serve as the executive branch for the county government. The position is responsible for the management of county departments. The current County Administrator is Bill Barron.[15] As of 2012, Barron earns a salary of $174,252 a year.[16]

Salaries

See also: Washington public employee salaries

According to data compiled by The Columbian, the following table outlines the top 10 salaries in Clark County for 2011.[17]

Last Name First Name Agency Title Base Pay Total Compensation Difference
Nelson Wayne Clark County PUD General Manager $225,000.00 $229,460.77 $4,460.77
Wickham Dennis Clark County Medical Examiner $197,528.94 $203,046.45 $5,517.51
Barron Glyn Clark County County Administrator $174,074.00 $191,791.28 $17,717.28
Huck Andy Clark County PUD Director of Operations $172,753.00 $177,934.57 $5,181.57
McGary Patrick Clark County PUD Director of Energy Resources $172,753.00 $177,754.61 $5,001.61
Morris Cal Clark County PUD Director of Engineering $172,753.00 $177,754.49 $5,001.49
Dyer Richard Clark County PUD Director of Finance $172,753.00 $177,454.53 $4,701.53
Langsdorf Sonya Clark County District Court Judge $140,383.32 $166,526.44 $26,143.12
Golik Anthony Clark County Prosecuting Attorney $146,326.67 $164,293.40 $17,966.73
McCudden Mathew Clark County PUD Director of Customer Service $157,705.00 $162,640.30 $4,935.30

The Clark County website has pay plans listed for different job classifications.[18]

Pensions

See also: Washington public pensions

Clark County employees participate in the Washington State Public Employees' Retirement Plan.[19]

Emergency personnel

The following table is the top ten salaries for Fire Department employees in Clark County for 2011.[20]

Last Name First Name Agency Title Base Pay Total Compensation Difference
Green Jerry Clark County Fire District 6 Fire Chief $131,064.00 $142,202.89 $11,138.89
Mason Dennis Clark County Fire and Rescue Fire Chief $109,392.00 $139,824.97 $30,432.97
Bartel ** Larry Clark County Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief - Support $100,788.00 $133,106.12 $32,318.12
Taylor David Clark County Fire District 6 Administrative Chief $117,540.00 $131,535.76 $13,995.76
Iremonger Robert Clark County Fire District 6 Battalion Chief $105,600.00 $127,645.70 $22,045.70
Quitslund Eric Clark County Fire District 6 Assistant Chief $113,767.50 $127,407.34 $13,639.84
Reese Larry Clark County Fire District 6 Battalion Chief $104,445.90 $126,313.59 $21,867.69
Maurer Kristan Clark County Fire District 6 Captain $104,768.00 $124,636.31 $19,868.31
Johnson Brian Clark County Fire District 6 Battalion Chief $107,124.00 $122,861.51 $15,737.51
Vial David Clark County Fire District 5 District Administrator $102,835.76 $122,619.52 $19,783.76

The Sheriff for Clark County is an elected position currently filled by Garry Lucas.[21]

Lobbying

See also: Washington government sector lobbying

Clark County is not listed as paying for lobbying services on Open Secrets.

Transparency & public records

The Clark County website lists contact information along with policies and procedures concerning public records here.

The Columbian provides a salary information for Clark County employees for the year 2011.[22]

Taxes

Complete information on property tax levies can be found on the Clark County website here.

County Tax Rates
Clark County General Fund 1.4521
Clark County Road Fund 2.0043
Clark County Conservation Futures 0.0625
Mental Health 0.0125
Developmental Disabilities 0.0125

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