Board Of Commissioners:

Per State Law, Fire Commissioners are elected to set Agency policy, adopt an annual budget and oversee the Fire Chief.

A five-member Board of Commissioners administers East County Fire & Rescue. The board meets twice each month, on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 PM—usually at Station 91 (next door to Grove Field).  Commissioner Meetings are open to the public.  The Board of Commissioners allows public comment on matters before them.  All public comment should be made in accordance with the published Citizen Comment Guidelines.

Martha Martin

Term Ends 2023

Dr. Martha Martin grew up in Washougal, graduating from Washougal High School.  She has Bachelor Degrees in Music and Psychology, a Masters in Counseling, and a Doctorate in Psychology.  She is a psychologist in private practice in Washougal, is married to Richard Hamby, and has one son, two grandsons, and one granddaughter.

Dr. Martin was ECFR Citizen Liaison for over two years, and past Board Member of the Camas-Washougal Chamber, Concerned Citizens In Action (President 2007-2011), and Vice President of the Clark County Arts Commission; and is a current Vice President of the Parkersville Heritage Foundation. Dr. Martin was elected to the Board in November of 2013 to complete the remaining 4 years of this term, which followed her appointment in May of 2012.

“I encourage citizens to attend Commissioner Meetings; we welcome your questions and feedback”.

Joshua Seeds

Appointed 2018

Term Ends 2023

Josh Seeds grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has lived near Washougal for ten years. He is a two-time graduate of Washington State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science. He currently works for Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality, focusing on drinking water protection, forestry, and agriculture. In his spare time, Josh plays with his children, practices small-scale farming, hikes and hunts, and helps friends and neighbors with conservation questions and problems.

Josh was appointed to the ECFR Commission in 2018. He values public service highly and is also a member of Clark County’s Clean Water Commission, a volunteer advisory group to the Clark County Council. His goal is to be a good steward of public money and natural resources.

Mike Taggart

Term Ends 2025

Mr. Taggart served as a volunteer Wilderness Ranger for the US Forest Service for 25 years and is the founder and Chair Emeritus of the Forest Service Volunteer Association. He also served as a Fire Commissioner for the Idyllwild (CA) Fire Protection District. He received the President’s Call to Service award for life-long   volunteerism as well as the San Bernardino National Forest Supervisor’s award for visionary leadership in 2004.

Mike studied Communications at UCLA prior to attending Control Data Institute to study Computer Engineering and Programming.  Mike has been involved with leading edge engineering and science research his entire professional career and is currently the Managing Director and CEO of RhizoSystems, LLC and the CEO of Software Science North, LLC.

Sherry Petty

Term Ends 2027

Resident of Washougal for 13 years. Married to Gary for 22 years and have one son.

Have been an active participant in public meetings at ECFR for several months and look forward to what the future holds. Looking forward to serving the community as a Fire Commissioner and speaking with the public, employees and volunteers.

Was an employee of what is now Comcast Cable for over 21 years most of which was as a supervisor for one or more warehouse’s.

I enjoy helping out my neighbors and working in my flower beds and on our property in my spare time.

Steve Hofmaster

Term Ends 2027

Steve Hofmaster was elected to the East County Fire & Rescue Board of Fire Commissioners in the Fall of 2021.  His six year term began January 1, 2022.

Steve attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He has lived in Clark County for 30 years and worked in the Airline Industry for over 25 years as a Customer Service Agent. Steve retired in 2012 from Delta Airlines.  

Steve enjoys volunteer activities at Canine Companions for Independence, raising service dogs and finds great pleasure in home gardening and caring for their two Labs.