The fire commission race in Thurston County Fire District 3 is shaping up to become quite interesting. One eminently qualified, the other not. I am certain that both have the best interests of the citizens at heart. One has the background, experience and education to deliver the necessary philosophy and understands the actual work and purpose of the role of fire commissioner.
Jones is a consummate professional as a veteran firefighter and advanced life support paramedic. His competitor is a computer technician for DSHS.
Jones is dedicated to searching and implementing long-range fire district funding, a true function of the commissioners. His competitor wants to change basic operations about which he has no experience or basic knowledge.
As a fire service professional with 43 years of service, I know one thing always repeats itself: When fire commissioners become involved in day-to-day operations, there is a long and dismal proven track record of failures at the community level. It is not the job of commissioners to affect operations, that is why they hire a fire chief.
Jones is needed, not another interested bystander who has a notion to be a chief officer and implement misguided operational policies.