The Griffin Fire Department operates under the legislative authority of three fire commissioners, each elected to six-year overlapping terms.The Board of Fire Commissioners is responsible for establishing key policy, setting levies, developing and adopting the annual budget, reviewing and approving contracts, and appointing a fire chief.
The Board meets the second Thursdays of each month at Station 13-1. The meetings are open to the public.
You can view past Meeting Minutes by clicking HERE
Changes to the meeting schedule and Meeting Agenda will be posted at Headquarters Station. Meeting Minutes are available by request by calling (360) 866-9000.
Commissioner Meredith Wright Hutchins
Meredith and her husband, Jim, began volunteering with the Griffin Fire Auxiliary following an unfortunate incident in which their compost pile spontaneously combusted and they had to contact the fire department for help.
Meredith was first elected and began serving as a fire commissioner in 2008 and is currently in her second term. She is active in the Thurston County Fire Commissioner’s Association and served as president of that organization.
She is an attorney and was Senior Counsel with the Office of the Attorney General from 1978 – 2003. Since 2003 she has been in private practice. She served on the Washington State Board of Bar Examiners for many years writing and grading bar exams.
Meredith and Jim are members of St. Christopher’s Community Church. She was on the board of the Washington Center for the Performing Arts for six years and continues to support the Center.
She enjoys her Monday tap classes at our Prosperity Grange, Broadway musicals, events at the Washington Center, travel and anything purple.
Commissioner Mike Peoples
Mike Peoples began his career with Baskin Robbins in 1990 when he was hired on to manage his dad’s first store, in Centralia, Washington. His dad bought another store in West Olympia, and Mike was hired on to manage that store. With his experience and knowledge, Mike decided to move forward with the franchise, and purchased the Westside Olympia Baskin Robbins, which he currently owns and operates with the help of his wife Sara.
Mike began volunteering at Griffin Fire Department in 1994 and continued until 2000. He then began volunteering at Grand Mound Fire District 14 in 2000, where he was promoted to Volunteer Lieutenant in 2001. He then became a career firefighter with West Thurston Regional Fire Authority in 2002, where he is still employed.
In 2009, Mike was elected Fire Commissioner, for a six year term, beginning in 2010, for the Griffin Fire Department. Mike is a graduate of Capital High School, and resides in the Steamboat Island community with his wife Sara and two children.
Commissioner Dave Pearsall
Commissioner Dave Pearsall was appointed as a fire commissioner in January of 2013. He was raised in Thurston County. Commissioner Pearsall graduated from Fort Steilacoom Community College and attended St. Martin’s University.
Commissioner Pearsall has worked for the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office since 1986. He has worked his way through the ranks of the Sheriff’s Office to his current position as the Chief of the Support Service Bureau.
Commissioner Pearsall currently oversees Information Technology, the Investigative Services Division comprised of the Detective, Records, and Evidence Sections and the Services Division comprised of the Front Desk, Civil, Warrants, and Firearms Sections. In addition, he oversees the Sheriff’s Office fleet, and Honor Guard Unit.
Commissioner Pearsall is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He is also a board member and past president of the Oregon-Washington Lawmen’s Association (OWLA), an organization dedicated to enhancing the professionalism of men and women in law enforcement. Commissioner Pearsall is a member of the Griffin Neighborhood Association.
Commissioner Pearsall enjoys spending time with his wife Deana and their family, as well as photography.