Letter: Fire board experience important in running district


As candidate for South Whidbey Fire/EMS Board of Commissioners, I offer the district a wealth of experience in local government. Serving two terms on Bothell City Council and as mayor offered me the opportunity to make effective local government policy.

For example, I saw that Bothell’s emergency preparedness plan was outdated. It needed a complete re-write, so at my direction, it was revised and completed during my first term.

Once re-elected, I advocated for a new, state-of-the-art police station and emergency command center.

I saw it become a reality and officiated at its dedication as mayor.

Studying for my master’s in public administration and serving eight years on Bothell City Council taught me how to be an effective local government leader.

And, in the process, I became fluent in emergency preparedness having trained in Community Emergency Response Team and led a hurricane post disaster recovery in Texas.

Bothell Firefighters Union Local 2099 and the Bothell Police Guild never failed to bestow their official endorsements each time I ran.

If elected to the fire district board, I will endeavor to merit the support of district firefighters and EMTs.

As fire commissioner, my priorities will be to support Chief Rusty Palmer’s leadership, to attract and retain firefighters and EMTs, paid and volunteer, to secure funds to replace and maintain aging fire vehicles and equipment, and to play an active role in hiring a replacement when Chief Palmer retires.

The important job of recruiting and selecting the most qualified applicant to succeed Chief Palmer cannot be overstated. I know because as Bothell mayor, I oversaw three national searches for three city managers. All were challenges.

So I know what is required to find, interview and select a top candidate for South Whidbey Fire/EMS fire chief.

Since my wife and I chose to make South Whidbey our home in 2004, I have stayed invested both in the greater community and my local neighborhood, Useless Bay Shores, where I served two terms as HOA president and now as chair of roads, grounds and CERT committees.

As candidate for South Whidbey Fire/EMS Board of Commissioners, I ask for your vote.

Mike Noblet


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