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Dettmer will represent us well on Bainbridge fire board | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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To the editor:

Bainbridge Island fire commissioners will be making many decisions over the next few years that will affect us all.

They will be determining if the voters should be asked for additional levy monies and how much; they will be deciding whether to build new stations or remodel old stations; they will be discussing combining facilities with the police department; they will be renegotiating the collective bargaining agreement, and they will be planning how to staff the three stations to best meet the needs of our citizens.

The five-member commission needs to be comprised of individuals with significant management, budgetary and administrative experience.

In November, Bainbridge Island voters will have the opportunity to elect someone to the fire commission with experience that will be invaluable to our community.

Theresa Dettmer — who is known to most of us as “Teri” — practiced law for 25 years, giving her the depth of knowledge that will be needed as the commission tackles these issues. We have known Teri for 14 of the 19 years she and her family have lived on the island and know she will represent our community with intelligence, diligence and even-handedness.

Teri’s opponent in the election is a firefighter with another jurisdiction. The issues that come before the commission do not require someone with a firefighting background. The commission members have plenty of access to firefighting knowledge through our excellent fire chief and his staff.

The fire department is funded by our community for the good of our community. We need individuals on the commission who can rationally govern the department.

We urge you to join us in voting for Theresa (Teri) Dettmer in November.

JOHN AND ALYS ERICKSON

Bainbridge Island

 

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