Thursday, September 29, 2011

Vancouver USA Port Board Nixes Annual Raise

The three-member governing board for the Washington state Port of Vancouver have agreed to forego a pay raise this year and have instead asked port staff to draft a rule allowing commissioner salaries to be adjusted by inflation every five years.

The board is expected to vote on the five-year wage resolution in mid-October.

Commissioners cited public opposition to an annual pay raise as a major factor in moving toward the five-year plan.

The three commissioners – Nancy Baker, Jerry Oliver, and Brian Wolfe – currently receive a $500-per-month salary for their part-time work on the port board, as well as medical, dental and vision benefits.

The commissioners also receive $104 for each day during the month that they conduct business, such as commission meetings.

Under state law, port commissioners are limited to a maximum of $12,535 in annual per diem compensation.

The Vancouver commission seats are elected positions, with terms lasting six-years.