Fire Protection District No. 2
Commissioner, Position 2
- Description of Office
- Ken Pendleton
- Ron Johnson
Fire Protection Districts
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.
Family: A life-long Selah resident, I am married 35 years to Debbie, the love of my life, and we have raised two boys.
Commitment to Selah: Through the years as a volunteer in Grid Kids, Little League, Parks Board Representative, and currently a District 2 Fire Commissioner.
Goal as Fire Commissioner: Continue to provide responsible stewardship of limited tax dollars for facilities and equipment which best support public safety and our firefighters. I ask for your continued support. Thanks!
Resident of District 2 for 35 years; retired Yakima Fire Department after 32 years; retired Washington Air National Guard; Navy Combat Veteran, Viet Nam.
It is important for those who live in the district to know that their tax money is being used appropriately and to its best advantage. Fire District 2 and City of Selah co-fund the fire department; the commissioners must always balance City requests for use of funds with what is best for district residents. I will be a good steward of the district’s money and believe I am the best candidate for the job.