Board of Governance


The VRFA’s Board of Governance consists of the Mayor and two council members from each participating City. This nine-member board serves as the legislative body, guiding and overseeing the VRFA, an independent municipal corporation.

Fire Station

Algona

David Hill
Chair David Hill

Mayor of the City of Algona

Lynda Osborn
Lynda Osborn

City of Algona Councilmember

Troy Linnell
Troy Linnell

City of Algona Councilmember

Fire Station

Auburn

Nancy Backus
Vice Chair Nancy Backus

Mayor of the City of Auburn

Larry Brown

City of Auburn Councilmember

Claude Dacorsi
Claude DaCorsi

City of Auburn Councilmember

Fire Station

Pacific

Leanne Guier
Leanne Guier

Mayor of the City of Pacific

David Storaasli
David Storaasli

City of Pacific Councilmember

Kerry Garberding
Kerry Garberding

City of Pacific Councilmember

Administration


Brad Thompson

Fire Chief / Administrator

The Fire Chief of the VRFA is Brad Thompson, appointed by the Board of Governance effective August 16, 2021. Thompson oversees the daily activities of the VRFA, ensuring the efficient and economic administration of the organization. He also ensures the staff is on course to meet strategic plan goals and remains consistent with the mission, vision, and values of the VRFA.

Thompson joined the Legacy Auburn Fire Department in April of 1999. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Gonzaga University and is a University of Washington Certified Public Manager. Early in his career, Thompson set out to gain experience in varied areas of the fire service. He served on the Public Information and Education team, the Health and Wellness team, and the fire station design committee.  After promoting to captain in 2011, Brad served as a Medical Program Specialist Team and Technical Rescue Team Company Officer. He then spent three years as the Planning Captain in the VRFA Planning and Logistics Division.

In 2018 Thompson was promoted to Battalion Chief, and in 2019, he accepted the Deputy Chief of Operations position. He worked on developing effective succession planning, as well as local and statewide health initiatives. In addition, Brad served as the King County Zone 3 Operations Chiefs’ Committee Chair, working along neighboring agencies to streamline regional processes.

Fire Chief Thompson receives administrative and management support from two Deputy Fire Chiefs, a  Chief Financial Officer and Human Resources Manager. Each is responsible for oversight of divisions within the VRFA, including the Fire Marshal’s Office, Training and Safety Division, Public Education and Information Unit, Planning and Logistics Division, Information Services group, and six administrative support personnel. Four shift battalion chiefs supervise fire and EMS personnel.

Rick Olson

Deputy Fire Chief of Operations

Rick Olson serves as the Deputy Chief of Operations. In this role, he works with the shift battalion chiefs to oversee the daily emergency response, preparation activities and training for the Fire Authority. Olson began his career as a firefighter in 1999 with the Auburn Fire Department, now VRFA. After seven years, he moved into the position of captain and took on several challenges. Olson developed and maintained a wildland firefighting program for the VRFA, served in the role of Planning Division and EMS Training Division Captain, and received 2014 Fire Officer of the Year honors. In 2019, he was promoted to Battalion Chief, and two years later, he became the Deputy Chief of Operations.  He has served on the committee to select engines, aid units, and most recently a new ladder truck since 2014.  Olson is also a part of the Zone Three Wildland Training and Incident Command Committee and holds a Bachelor of Science in Fire Administration from Columbia Southern University.

Dave Larberg
Dave Larberg

Deputy Chief of Technical Services

Dave Larberg is the Deputy Chief of Technical Services. Dave oversees Support Services, Fire Marshal’s Office, Emergency Management, and Public Information/Education divisions.  Dave began his fire service career in 1984 with King County Fire District #44. He joined the Legacy Auburn Fire Department in 1989.  Along with suppression duties, Dave has worked in several positions during his tenure including the Training Division, Fire Investigation, CPR Instructor, Wellness/Fitness, and Planning and Logistics. Dave has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Health Education from Central Washington University and an Associate of Arts Degree in Fire Command/Administration from Bellevue Community College. He currently serves on the board for the White River Valley Museum.  Dave is an Auburn native and has worked in the community his entire career.  Outside of work, Dave enjoys numerous recreation activities with his family.

Mark Horaski
Mark Horaski

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer Mark Horaski oversees the finance, human resources, information technology, risk management and administrative functions.  Mr. Horaski began employment with the VRFA in 2007.  He has over twenty five years of professional experience including several years of public accounting with a regional CPA firm, and public safety budget and finance oversight at the county level.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in business and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Washington.  Mr. Horaski is an active member and past President of the Auburn Rotary.