Whatcom County Charter Amendment (November 2011)

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A Whatcom County Charter Amendment measure was on the November 8, 2011 ballot in Whatcom County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 36,888 (60.95%)Approveda
  • NO 23,635 (39.05%)[1]

This measure sought to create an independent salary commission in the county in order to fix the salary compensation given to county elected officials.[2] Currently the County Council set the salaries for elected officials, county officials believe an independent commission would be more transparent to residents. Since this was approved, the commission will consist of ten members, six will be randomly selected from county residents who are registered to vote and will be able to decide to serve or not. The other four members will be nominated by County Executive and will then need approval by the council.[3]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

The Whatcom County Council has proposed an amendment to the Whatcom County Charter concerning establishment of an independent salary commission. This measure would establish an independent salary commission to fix the compensation of Whatcom County elected officials, subject to a referendum by the people. Should this proposal be approved?[4]