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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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What are three major issues facing your fire district?

Of the three, which one is the most urgent?

What unique qualities do you bring to this job?

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Phone (360) 568-6580
Town where you live Snohomish, Washington, USA
Experience (300 characters max) Lutheran minister from 1976 to the present. U.S. Army Chaplain from 1977-2007 in the Army Reserve and Oregon and Washington National Guards.
I began attending the Fire District 4 Commissioners' meetings in the summer of 2016. I was surprised that when I would attend, I was usually the only person from the public in attendance. When the filing period opened up and the current commissioner decided not to run, in the first days no one filed. Therefore, since I had an interest in the goings on of Fire District 4 by going to public meetings and asking questions, I would enter my name to be considered for fire commissioner.
At this time, I see that there are 2 major issues: 1) Passing the levy at the August 1 election. 2) Firefighters overtime
1) The passage of the levy on August 1 will help assure that the overall services that Fire District 4 provides to its service area (including the city of Snohomish) will continue and response times and services will not be affected. Even though there may be no organized opposition, past levies have often passed by just a very small number of votes. I hope that since only a handful of voters have to contend with Sound Transit 3 this will help the levy to pass. If it does not pass, there is the general election in November to bring it before the voters once again. 2) During the commissioner's meetings, the issue of overtime for the firefighters has often come up. I have expressed my concerns about this topic during public comment time. They have included the affect on their family life and relationships, on staff moral, readiness when they are called to respond, its effect on the budget, and on the hiring of new firefighters for the district.
A unique quality that I would bring with me if elected fire commissioner is my experiences of 40 years as a minister and of 30 years as an Army chaplain. Over that period of time I have worked with various people and groups from diverse backgrounds, with differing opinions and values, and having different beliefs. This would certainly be beneficial for me in facing many of the challenges that continually confront the fire district. logo


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