Fire department holding commissioner elections

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South Whidbey Fire/EMS seeks a new fire commissioner to fill Position 3, to be vacated by Frank Mestemacher at the end of the year.

Mestemacher recently announced he is not seeking re-election after completion of his six-year term, which ends Dec. 31, 2021.

Position No. 1 is also up for election.

That seat is currently held by incumbent Larry Metz who intends to seek re-election.

Metz was appointed in 2020 to fill a vacancy. Position No. 2 is currently held by Mike Noblet whose term does not end until 2026.

To run for office, anyone interested must officially declare their candidacy and file with Island County during May 17-21, 2021.

Their name will be placed on the Aug. 3, 2021 primary election ballot.

The fire commissioners will be elected on the Nov. 2 general elections.

Individuals must be a U.S. citizen 18 years or older, and be a registered voter residing in the South Whidbey Fire/EMS district for at least 30 days.

To learn more about serving as a South Whidbey Fire/EMS commissioner, contact Fire Chief H.L. “Rusty” Palmer at 360-321-1533 or

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