Editor's note: The following is a press release from Snohomish County Fire District 1.
Karen Dingmon has been appointed to the Snohomish County Fire District 1 Board of Commissioners. She was sworn in and took office at the board’s Feb. 19 meeting.
Commissioners selected Dingmon from a field of 11 candidates to fill a vacancy created at the end of 2012 when Millie Judge resigned from the board to take office as a Snohomish County Superior Court Judge. Dingmon will have to run for election in the fall if she wants to serve the two years remaining in Judge’s six-year term.
“I would like to help my community in achieving the best quality of service for firefighting, prevention and emergency medical services,” Dingmon said. “These vital services require informed, well thought-out plans involving both the public and the fire department to carry out the laws meant to protect all citizens.”
Dingmon, a native of Olympia, has been a resident of south Snohomish County for 32 years. She has been self-employed for 30 years as the owner of Warm Window Designs, a custom window-covering business. Dingmon was president of the Silver Lake PTA when her two adult daughters were in school.
"We were pleased to have so many candidates apply for this open position. All were well qualified. Commissioner Dingmon is a longtime resident of the fire district and her background as a small business owner will complement the experience our current commissioners bring to the board,” said Chairman David Chan.
The five-member Board of Commissioners is responsible for defining the long-term vision and adopting the budget for Fire District 1, the county’s largest provider of fire and emergency medical services. The district provides full-time staffing at 12 fire stations to serve nearly 200,000 residents in unincorporated south Snohomish County, Brier, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace and Woodway.
The board meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at Fire District 1 Headquarters, 12425 Meridian Avenue S, Everett. Regular business meetings begin at 7 p.m. Work sessions are held at 5:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. All meetings are open to the public. Agendas, meeting packets and videos are available online at www.firedistrict1.org.