County public hearing set for review of elected officials’ proposed salaries


Thurston County will hold a public meeting to discuss the proposed 2024 salaries for elected officials on Monday, November 20, at 6 p.m. at The Atrium, Room 110, 3000 Pacific Avenue SE, Olympia.

In a county press release, the Thurston County Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials announced its proposed salaries for elected officials for next year:

Elected Official

Current Monthly Salary

for 2023

Proposed Monthly Salary

for 2024

County Commissioners















Prosecuting Attorney









“The County Commissioners have the authority to approve the elected officials’ salaries but do not have the authority to approve their own salaries,” the county explained. “The Citizens’ Commission submits the Commissioners’ salary directly to the Auditor. The Board of County Commissioners must act on the recommended salaries.”

The commission will accept written comments submitted in person at 3000 Pacific Ave SE, Room 241, or sent via physical mail or email to Ruth Elder, Thurston County Human Resources, 3000 Pacific Ave SE, Olympia WA 98501 until noon Monday, November 20.

Community members may also attend the meeting remotely.

For more information, visit the county website.


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  • Kruz81

    Wow, if I knew the money to make poor decisions, with no ethics paid so well I would have turned to the dark side also.

    Wednesday, November 15, 2023 Report this

  • Tsobgqobg

    @kruz81 well no one is stopping you, time to put up or shut up

    Wednesday, November 15, 2023 Report this

  • Bekindtoeveryone

    ABSOLUTELY HARD NO to a salary increase for County Officials, including the Sherrif whom I fully support. Too many agencies were forced to cut expenses that will directly affect public safety. Any money that is up for grabs needs to go towards supporting the front line staff that need training and stability.

    Thursday, November 16, 2023 Report this

  • Yeti1981

    Bekindtoeveryone - Spot on! They're also trying to figure out how to come up with funding to maintain services like permitting in the county development department.

    Monday, November 20, 2023 Report this