Board of Fire Commissioners
Your elected Board of Fire Commissioners oversees the fiscal management and planning of Graham Fire & Rescue. The Board of Fire Commissioners is comprised of three community residents who are elected by majority vote of the public. Each commissioner is elected to serve a term of six years.
The current Board of Fire Commissioners is:
Gerald W. Gustafson
Board ChairmanAgribusiness; Boeing Machinist; Chair - Washington State Fryer Commission; President Washington Poultry Exposition; Elected - Pierce County Charter Review Commission; American Farm Bureau; Graduate Bethel High School; 12 years Fire Commissioner.
Robert E. Skaggs
CommissionerPierce County Deputy Fire Marshall; Fire Commissioner 17 years; AA in Criminal Justice; Graduate of FBI, ATF and National Fire Academies; Recently retired from 254th Red Horse Flight, Armed Services.
Verne M. Pierson
CommissionerRetired teacher, Bethel Schools, 31 years; Retired Colonel Army/National Guard, 33 years; Science Department Head; Major Unit Commander; State Director Selective Service appointed by the President, 9 years; Fire Commissioner; BS in Biology, PLU 1965; Masters Counseling, St. Martins, 1988.
Reggie R. RominesFire Chief Reggie Romines was raised in Eureka, California. He graduated from high school in North Bend, Oregon in 1973, and became a resident/volunteer firefighter with the Coos Bay Fire Department where he remained until he graduated from Southwestern Community College with degrees in General Studies and Fire Science.
In 1976, Chief Romines was hired by the United States Forest Service as a wild-land firefighter. In 1977, he was hired as a career firefighter at Coos Bay where he promoted through the ranks to Deputy Chief of Operations. In 1994, Chief Romines was hired by Graham Fire & Rescue as an Assistant Chief, and in 1999, promoted to the position of Fire Chief. That same year Chief Romines completed the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. On July 8, 2009, he was awarded the professional designation of Chief Fire Officer (CFO) by a team of his peers and members of the Commission on Professional Credentialing. Chief Romines joins an elite group of just 660 CFO's worldwide. On November 7th, 2011, Chief Romines was approved by the Application Assessment Panel to be awarded the grade of Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers (MIFireE).
Chief Romines is active in the Graham Business Association, is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Society of Executive Fire Officers, Lipoma Firs Men's Golf Club and is a past President of the Pierce County Fire Chief's Association. He is married, has three children and enjoys golfing, hunting and outings with family and friends in his free time.
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