Kenny elected chair, McGaughey tapped as Vice Chair of Fire District 1 Board

Jim Kenny
Brad McGaughey
Jim McGaughey

Snohomish County Fire District 1 Commissioners elected Jim Kenny to serve as board chair and Jim McGaughey to serve as vice chair for 2015.

Kenny, an attorney employed by the City of Seattle, has been a commissioner for more than 11 years and has served five one-year terms as chair of the board. During his tenure, Kenny has been actively involved in fire service regionalization efforts. He is a past president of the Sno-Isle Fire Commissioners and serves on the board of the Washington Fire Commissioners Association.

“I look forward to leading the board this year,” Kenny said. “We want to innovate and improve the service for Fire District 1.”

Vice Chair McGaughey took office as a commissioner in December 2013. He is a retired deputy fire chief with 27 years of fire service experience. He teaches a fire service technology class for high school students in the Edmonds School District.

Commissioners are elected by the public to serve six-year terms. The Board of Commissioners is responsible for defining the fire district’s long-term vision, approving the budget and adopting policies to be implemented by administrative staff.

The board meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Fire District 1 Headquarters, 12425 Meridian Ave. S, Everett. Work sessions take place at 6 p.m. on the second and third Tuesday of each month. All board meetings are open to the public. Agendas, minutes and meeting videos are available online at

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