SJCFD#4 Commissioners meet on the third Tuesday of every month at 4:00 P.M. at Station 41, 2228 Fisherman Bay Rd. Meeting agendas state the time and location of each meeting.
Becky Smith, Chair
Becky is currently the Manager/Administrator at the Hamlet House Adult Family Home. She is a WSU undergraduate and an RN from the Merritt Hospital School of Nursing. Being heavily involved in our community she has served on numerous boards including the School Board, CWMA, Chamber of Commerce and the Lopez Museum. Becky grew up in the NW and has lived on Lopez with her family since 1984. She raised 2 children here and worked in various nursing capacities over the years including Visiting Nurse, Hospice and AIDS/Sexual Education in the school. Her husband was the General Manager for Decatur NW and commuted to Decatur Island for 35 years. Becky first became involved with the Fire Dept. when she took the EMT course in 1985. She was asked to fill a vacancy on the Board in 2001 and has remained a Commissioner ever since. Becky quotes: "I have been honored to work with employees and volunteers over the years to evolve into the professional department we are today."
After earning his degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington, Duane began his career as a Research Engineer for Chevron specializing in reducing automotive environmental impacts. From there he spent 12 years in public service as Director of Air Programs specializing in reducing pollution from Southern California industrial facilities. His last years of professional experience was an Executive with a Fortune 100 Petroleum Company (Tosco Corp) serving as Senior VP for Environment, Health & Safety.
Phil was born in Seattle and was hired by Woodinville Fire and Rescue as a Firefighter EMT in 1980. After 24 years with Woodinville, he moved on to jobs as Deputy Fire Chief in Vista and Redding, California, and finally retired as the Fire Chief in Newport Oregon. He earned degrees in Fire Science, Business Administration, a Masters of Public Administration and completed the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program.
He and his wife, Kelly, had been coming to Lopez for decades, and finally moved to Lopez Island full time in 2014. After moving to Lopez, Phil "started over" by signing up as a volunteer firefighter and attended the recruit academy again. He was appointed to fill a vacant commissioner position in early 2020. He has four grown kids (including a son who is a Bellingham firefighter) and nine grandkids with two more on the way.