Town administrator’s salary will reach six figures in 2011; Town Council votes on budget, salaries, wages Dec. 16

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Friday Harbor Town Administrator King Fitch’s salary reaches the six-figure mark for the first time Jan. 1.

Fitch’s salary is scheduled to be $102,392 in 2011, up from $82,760 five years ago.

The Town Council is scheduled Dec. 16 to approve the 2011 budget, as well ordinances setting the salaries of officials and unionized and non-unionized employees.

The council meets at noon and 5:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Council Chambers. Council meetings are open to the public.

Here’s a sample of public salaries.

— $139,348: San Juan County Administrator Pete Rose.

— $108,487: San Juan Island School District Superintendent Rick Thompson.

— $102,392: Friday Harbor Town Administrator King Fitch.

— $99,000: San Juan Island EMS Chief Jim Cole.

— $99,000: Inter Island Medical Center Administrator Beth Williams Gieger.

— $98,271: Friday Harbor High School Principal Fred Woods.

— $97,520: San Juan County Sheriff Bill Cumming.

— $95,662: Friday Harbor Port Executive Director Marilyn O’Connor.

— $89,000: San Juan Island Fire Chief Steve Marler.

— $82,498: Friday Harbor Land Use Administrator Michael Bertrand.

— $80,324: Friday Harbor Town Finance Officer/Treasurer Wendy Picinich.

— $79,350: Friday Harbor Town Utilities Superintendent Mike Wilks.

— $77,430: San Juan Island Assistant Fire Chief Brad ­Creesy.

— $75,500: Friday Harbor Harbormaster Tami Hayes.

— $72,255: San Juan County assessor, auditor, clerk, treasurer.

— $50,444: Friday Harbor Town Clerk Amy Taylor.

— $44,595.20: Port of Friday Harbor security.

— $43,040-$59,786: Pay range for Friday Harbor town maintenance leadman.

— $36,421-$50,591: Pay range for Friday Harbor town utility worker.

— $33,720: San Juan County Council members.

— $9,984: San Juan Island Fire Commission members (maximum allowed by state law; commissioners receive $104 per meeting).

— $7,104: Friday Harbor Mayor Carrie Lacher (the mayor receives $148 per meeting, for up to four meetings a month).

— $4,080: Friday Harbor Town Council members (council members receive $85 per meeting, for up to four meetings a month).

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