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County to consider differential pay to employees on military leave

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., June 28, 2021 – Today, Snohomish County Councilmember Nate Nehring introduced an ordinance to provide differential pay to County employees who are reservists in the United States Armed Forces. The proposal provides additional support for employees who are called up to active duty while employed by the County.

Uniform differential pay provides the difference between an employee’s county salary and their military pay while they are serving our country in the Armed Forces. Often times, military salaries are lower than a reservist’s County salary which creates a financial burden for their families when they are called upon to serve. This proposal would remove that barrier and provide support and relief to our community members who risk their lives for our nation and our County.

“As a County, we benefit greatly by employing veterans and reservists in the United States Armed Forces,” said Councilmember Nehring. “This action of providing differential pay to active duty employees will have a significant impact for these families who sacrifice so much for all of us.

“This ordinance will allow us to focus on the tasks at hand and not be troubled by the financial hardships we’d otherwise incur,” said Joe Davis, a county employee and member of the Armed Forces. “I appreciate Councilmember Nehring’s dedicated and commitment to the county, the Armed Forces, and their families.”

The proposed ordinance on differential pay for county employees on active military leave has been introduced and will be considered by the Council at a public hearing on July 21st at 10:30 a.m. The ordinance and associated staff report can be found at this link.

For questions about the proposal or more details about the meeting, please contact Councilmember Nehring’s office by email at or or by phone at 425-512-4810 or 425-626-4173.

Content Source: Nate Nehring Press Release

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