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Online Primary Voters' Pamphlet, August 6, 2013

West Thurston Regional Fire Authority (Rochester)
Fire Commissioner, Position No. 3


Fire Protection Districts & Regional Fire Authorities (RFA) - Fire protection districts and RFA’s are formed to provide fire prevention services, fire suppression, emergency medical services, and the protection of life and property in the county. Administrative authority for the districts results from decisions made by a board of elected fire commissioners. The board of fire commissioners has the authority to hire and appoint employees as well as administer all aspects of the district. The board is required to hold regular monthly meetings. Fire protection districts levy regular property taxes to provide services to the public. Additionally, with voter approval, the board may issue bonds and make excess levies for specific purposes. The voters elect commissioners to staggered six-year terms. The nonpartisan commissioners receive no regular salary, but may choose to receive nominal compensation for attending meetings.

All positions are nonpartisan.

  Only voters residing within the West Thurston Regional Fire Authority (Rochester) will vote on this position.
Statements are written by the candidates, who are solely responsible for the contents therein.
M. Kay Crookshanks 18542 Elderberry St SW, Rochester, WA 98579, (360) 273-7354,
M. Kay Crookshanks

I am running to continue to serve as your fire commissioner. In 2012 our Fire Authority received the State Fire Commissioner’s “Management Award of Excellence” and was awarded a federal SAFER grant in the amount of $610,000 which allowed the hiring of 4 additional firefighters and the reopening of the Albany fire station. I serve as Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners and am active on many committees Countywide representing our fire agency. I have been very active in the community including serving as President of the Grand Mound-Rochester Chamber of Commerce and on the Fire Advisory Board for 10 years and as its Chairman. Professionally, I am an independent financial advisor. I ask for your vote for me to continue to serve.

Jeff Jernigan 17745 Littlerock Rd SW, Rochester, WA 98579, (360) 789-4522,
Jeff Jernigan

My name is Jeff Jernigan, I’m a candidate for West Thurston Regional Fire Authority (WTRFA) Commissioner, Position #3. I would like to take this opportunity to tell you why I’m the best candidate for this position.

I have a professional background in the fire service that spans over 20 years. During those years, I’ve been a member of the Tumwater Fire Department, in which I’ve held the positions of Volunteer Firefighter, full-time Firefighter, and Lieutenant. My professional experience gives me a great understanding of how to govern a fire authority.

While living and working in Thurston County, I understand the needs of the residents in our community. We want a fire department that’s fiscally responsible, provides a high degree of customer service, and promotes a safe working environment for our firefighters. These will be my priorities if I’m fortunate enough to have your vote for WTRFA Commissioner Position #3.

Ballots will begin arriving October 17, 2013. If you have not received your ballot by October 24,
contact our office immediately.

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