Board of Commissioners
The public is welcome to attend the Lake Stevens Fire Commissioner Meetings. The Regular Commissioner Meeting schedule includes the first Thursday of the month at 5:30pm in Lake Stevens and the fourth Thursday of the month at 5pm with alternating locations between Lake Stevens and Monroe.
The 2019 Fire Commissioner Handbook (pdf) is published by the Washington State Fire Commissioner’s Association.
Commissioner Paul Gagnon
COMMISSIONER POSITION 1
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Paul Gagnon began his role as Fire Commissioner for Lake Stevens Fire on December 10, 2013. His current term will serve through 2025.
He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Service Administration from Eastern Oregon University; an Associate of Technical Arts Degree in Fire Command Administration from Edmonds Community College; and an Associates of Arts & Science Degree from Edmonds Community College.
He has been a Firefighter with the Everett Fire Department since August 1996 and is currently the Division Chief of Training.
Paul Gagnon moved to Lake Stevens in August of 2001. He is a member of the American Legion, Lake Stevens Post 181; and also an Everett Community College Fire Science Advisory Board Member.
Commissioner Gagnon commented, “My goal as Fire Commissioner is to build upon the successes achieved in recent years, and to seek ways to make our fire department even stronger. My top priority is and will continue to be the safety of the public and the safety of our personnel. As Lake Stevens Fire prepares for the challenges of the future, I will continually seek ways to evaluate how we provide our services in an effort to be most efficient, adaptable, and responsive to the public safety needs of our residents and the visitors to the community we serve.”
Vice Chair Jim Steinruck
COMMISSIONER POSITION 2
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Jim Steinruck began his role as Fire Commissioner for Lake Stevens Fire on October 1, 2014 and his current term will serve through 2021.
He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Pre-Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington State College, and an MBA in Health Services Management from Golden Gate University.
He has invested 43 years in a multitude of healthcare leadership positions, and he is currently the Health System Administrator for The Tulalip Tribes. He is proud to be a 21 year, retired, U.S. Army veteran (Medical Service Corps, Major).
Jim Steinruck has been a Lake Stevens resident with his family for the past 25 years. He is a 35 year member of Rotary International and a 25 year member and past president of the Lake Stevens Rotary Club. He is also one of the founding members of the Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition and current board member of the North Sound Accountable Communities of Health.
He has been married to his wife, Dawn, for 42 years and they have three grown, married children and four grandchildren who all live in the Lake Stevens/Greater Seattle area.
Commissioner Steinruck commented, “My goal as Fire Commissioner is to represent the residents of the Lake Stevens Fire District with integrity and to be responsive to the needs of the publics that I serve. We, as commissioners, have a serious responsibility to protect the lives of our constituents and a fiduciary responsibility to be good stewards of our district resources. Additionally, we need to continue to hire the highest qualified, professional men and women to serve our district.”
Chairman Troy Elmore
COMMISSIONER POSITION 3
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Troy Elmore began his role as a Fire Commissioner for Lake Stevens Fire on January 1, 2000. In January 2018 he will begin his fourth term which will serve through 2023.
He has a degree in Fire Command Administration and he has 28 years of service with fire service. He is currently a Captain with the Mukilteo Fire Department and a Liaison Officer for the Northwest Incident Management Team.
Troy Elmore has been a resident of the greater Lake Stevens area for 20 years and is a past PTA member for Glenwood Elementary. He is currently a member of the Lake Stevens Lions Club and the Lake Stevens War Veterans Memorial Charitable Foundation.
Both of his children were raised in Lake Stevens and graduated from Lake Stevens High School. He spends his spare time as a musician and furthering his education in fire service related fields.
Commissioner Elmore commented, “I envision Lake Stevens Fire continuing to provide progressive regional leadership in regards to fire suppression, emergency medical care, and fire prevention / public education. Through innovation and efficiency our team will continue to seek out better ways to provide service and meet the challenges of our rapidly growing community. Ensuring that we have an adequate number of well-trained firefighters and paramedics for emergency response will continue to be my top priority.”