Fire Protection District No. 1
Commissioner, Position 2
6 year term
As a property owner in the district, I have always believed in giving back to keep small communities viable. I’m a conservative voice for this community working to maintain a balance of providing equipment and trained personnel while keeping costs manageable for our tax base. Our district’s new station, Station 1, in Cowiche and funds earmarked for improvements to Station 2 in Tieton are testaments to the pride this community takes in providing high standards of service to its patrons.
I would appreciate your support as I would like to continue improving the service and operation of Fire District #1.
I had been asked by the firefighters / community members if I would be interested in this position, Without hesitation I agreed. "It's time for a change."
During the last (4 of the last 6) years there have been issues within the administration.
I would reference you to a State audit report that may answer some of your questions, see below. Noting this does not include the Federal tax violations, and penalties, along with other items.
We can do better, and that's what I plan on doing.
I would appreciate you vote.
Report No. 1020086
Yakima County is divided into 12 fire protection districts. Each district is managed by a three-member board of commissioners.
Fire protection districts are formed for the provision of fire prevention services, fire suppression, emergency medical services and for the protection of life and property in areas outside of cities (in the unincorporated areas of the county). Because fire districts are political subdivisions of the state and municipal corporations, the only authority for administrative operations are decisions made by the elected board of fire commissioners.
The board has authority to hire and appoint employees (e.g. chief, secretary, fire fighters, emergency medical technicians, etc.) but has full responsibility and authority of all aspects of the district. The board is required to hold regular monthly meetings and must comply with the Open Public Meeting Act and the public records statutes.
The county treasurer serves as the financial agent for a district. The treasurer collects taxes and assessments that are levied under the authority of the fire commissioners. The district, being a special purpose district, levies regular property taxes to provide services to the public; additionally, with voter approval, the board may issue bonds and make excess levies for specific purposes.
The voters elect commissioners to staggered six-year terms. These commissioners are subject to and must comply with all laws pertaining to fire districts, public officials and other applicable Washington State and federal statutes.