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Kittitas FIRE DISTRICT 7 Commissioner 2

6-year term; No salary. A Fire District is responsible for fire response and containment and for emergency medical services. The commission sets the general policies of the district, which are implemented by the hired professional fire chief and fire district personnel. One of commission's main duties is the adoption of the district's budget and proposal of any fire levies to be placed on the ballot to the people. The commission sets policies and approves all spending via the budget, whether for operations or capital items or public facility maintenance and improvements. The council also sets salaries for district employees.
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    Bill Dickinson (NP) Retired

  • Kent Verbeck (NP)

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Phone (509) 674-2643
Town where you live Cle Elum
Experience (300 characters max) Retired after 23 successful years as CEO of public safety agencies at the City, County, and State levels. Graduate of Seattle University. Former volunteer firefighter. Former Emergency Medical Technician
When I retired, I intended to become a volunteer firefighter as I had been in my earlier years, however when I looked into it, I found that one third of our most experienced volunteers had quit over the last 5 years. Recently, several of our State Fire Bureau Ratings dropped due to the District's inability to maintain adequate volunteer staffing. Consequently, more of our citizen's fire insurance rates will be and/or are already going up. Something was wrong so I started attending the Fire District's Board meetings and determined that I could best serve the community as a volunteer by running for the position of Commissioner. I would like to offer my many successful years managing public safety agencies on the West side of the Cascades to my home community surrounding Cle Elum. I bring experience, extensive training, and a practical business approach to the provision of public safety services, and now retired, I have the time to devote to being a volunteer elected fire commissioner.
The loss of many experienced volunteer firefighters. Reduction of our State Fire Bureau Ratings in several communities of our District to due lack of volunteers. The acceptance of a federal grant to hire paid firefighters which we will not be able to sustain due to lack of funding.
Lack of volunteer staffing. Even if we hire a handful of paid firefighters, there will not be enough to staff one, two-person fire truck on a 24/7 basis and there are 8 fire stations that need to be staffed in the District.
I have been a volunteer firefighter and EMT. I have formal education that is applicable to this position. Most importantly, I have been the Chief Executive Officer of several public safety agencies in both large and small agencies and worked with and for elected officials that entire time. I believe the combination of experience, education, and success with operating these kinds of public service agencies in local government make me an excellent candidate.
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