I am chair of the Thurston Conservation District board of supervisors and writing this letter as a private citizen. I have worked with and observed Dan Cathers for several years as a fellow board member.
When Cathers came on the board, he quickly became apprised of district operations and issues, asking pertinent questions. and He has contributed substantially to the district moving forward. He has continually pressed to increase his contributions and several months back became board’s fiscal lead.
Based on my experience and interactions with Cathers, I think he would be an excellent fire commissioner, bringing experience as an elected official, a pragmatic approach to resolving problems and a team member who works willingly and helpfully with others. He would increase fiscal efficiency and help improve the fire district.
During this time of tight dollars, I urge folks to check credentials, particularly in the area of fiscal management. I think they will conclude Cathers is a great candidate for fire commissioner, position number 2, of Fire Protection District 3 (Lacey).