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King County Fire Protection District 16

Commissioner Position 1

John Buller

John Buller

18522 64th Pl NE

Kenmore, WA 98028

Education: BA, Business Administration, Concentration in Accounting, Foster School of Business, University of Washington
Occupation: Partner in Financial Advisory Firm. Previously, Shareholder in CPA Firm

Having raised a family in Kenmore the last 23 years, I have taken pride witnessing the transformation of Kenmore. Of course, this comes with challenges, some that your Fire Commissioners will have to address. Traffic congestion and higher population density, are just examples. However, by re-distributing fire department assets, continuing the exploration of combining resources with other fire agencies and instituting a pro-active hiring policy, we can help mitigate these challenges. Additionally, encouraging community involvement through emergency preparedness training (CERT) will be increasingly important as we all move forward.


As a CPA I believe that fiscal management and focused planning are critical to the success of any organization. As a  Past President of the Northshore Rotary Club and participating on boards of numerous other organizations, I believe that searching for common ground is critical to providing effective leadership. These are the traits I will bring as your Fire Commissioner.

Rick Verlinda

Rick Verlinda

19017 - 62nd Avenue NE

Kenmore, WA 98028

(206) 384-3681

Education: Associate in Applied Science, Pre-Professional Engineering Degree, Associate in Fire Science
Occupation: Seattle Fire Department Battalion Chief (retired), Consultant -Testing Public Safety

I have dedicated my life to the Fire Service, serving 30 years with the Seattle Fire Department, 14 years as a Battalion and Safety Chief.


Managing major programs, serving on numerous national committees, and serving as union President and Executive Board member for 10 years, representing Firefighters in negotiating directly with the City of Seattle.


I understand our District's working relationship: the Commissioners representing citizens, working together with the Fire Department Administration and Firefighters.  Our goals to ensure adequate funding to make critical investments in our Fire District, provide the best and most efficient emergency medical, fire suppression, and fire prevention services to Kenmore and Lake Forest Park, and assuring services and quality are maintained as our area grows.


My background, knowledge, and experience provide me the skills to be an effective Fire Commissioner.


Please join other Firefighters, community leaders and neighbors in supporting my election.


Thank you

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