The Board of Fire Commissioners for Fire District 17 is a three member governing body that is responsible for making the legislative decisions for the fire district and providing oversight of the administrative operations as authorized by the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) Chapter 52.14.

Each Commissioner is voted into office by registered voters who reside in the fire districts jurisdiction and when elected serve a term of 6 years. The terms are staggered to maintain continuity on the board.

Meetings of the Board of Commissioners are bound by RCW 42.30 Open Public Meetings Act and are open to the public. Commissioner meetings are conducted on the "Second" and "Fourth" Thursdays of each month, at Station 87 - Headquarters, and start at 7:00 PM.

Kevin Hayes

Term Expires: 2019

Kevin was elected Fire Commissioner and began serving his term in 2008 and was re-elected for a second term in 2014. Kevin earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix in 2004 and is a certified Fire Officer II. Kevin brings 40+ years of Fire Service experience to the fire district and is currently serving as an Assistant Chief with the Boeing Fire Department where he has been employed since 1979. Kevin was a former Reserve Officer for the City of Everett. His interests are varied but include community volunteering, family, motorcycle, dogs and the shooting sports.

Ron Stephenson

Term Expires: 2017

Ron was selected as a Fire Commissioner in May 2015 to fill the Commissioner Position 3 vacancy. He was elected to a 2-year unexpired term and began serving his term in 2016. Ron earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from the University of Washington and also attended Everett Community College. Ron is retired from Boeing after 32 years of service, including 25 years in leadership at Boeing. He is active in the Granite Falls community and also serves as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Granite Falls. He has been married to his wife, DeAnne, for 40 years. He has three kids and three grandsons and has lived in Granite Falls for 25 years.

Jesse James

Term Expires: 2021

Jesse was elected Fire Commissioner and began serving his six year term in January 2016. Jess retired from Snohomish County Public Works in 2003 following 28 years of employment. Jesse also provided 25 years of dedicated service as a volunteer firefighter with Fire District 17 (1977-2002), the last 14 years as Assistant Fire Chief. Jesse enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, building bird houses and spending time with his family.