Position: At-Large (Fire) Representative
February 2, 2021 - Present
What role do you serve at your special district and how long have you been with them?
My current role at Umatilla County Fire District #1 is Fire Chief. I have been the fire chief since May of 2014 but started my career in the Oregon fire service in 1986 with the Pilot Rock Fire District. I started my paid career in Hermiston in 1995.
Why did you seek to join the SDAO Board of Directors?
SDAO gives so much service to special districts, I can’t even begin to list it all. The folks at SDAO/ SDIS are the most professional and nicest people we deal with on a daily or weekly basis. I am very humbled to serve SDAO as a director as they provide so much to us. I only hope I can be an asset to the board.
How has SDAO helped you or your district?
SDAO has helped us with human resource needs and legal advice but that doesn’t cover it all. They are a resource for COVID issues, OR-OSHA issues and anything else we might experience.
Tell us about your life outside of your day job(s).
Outside of my day job, I serve as the President of the Oregon Fire Chief’s Association. I grew up on a wheat and cattle ranch so I am still involved with my dad with that some. I like spending time with my kids and grandkids, hunting, kayaking, reading books about US history and spending time with family and friends.