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.

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Vice Chair David Hill

Mayor of the City of Algona

Lynda Osborn

City of Algona Councilmember

Troy Linnell

City of Algona Councilmember

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Nancy Backus

Mayor of the City of Auburn

Larry Brown

City of Auburn Councilmember

Claude DaCorsi

City of Auburn Councilmember

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Chair Leanne Guier

Mayor of the City of Pacific

David Storaasli

City of Pacific Councilmember

Kerry Garberding

City of Pacific Councilmember


Brent Swearingen

Fire Chief / Administrator

The VRFA is under the leadership of Fire Chief / Administrator Brent Swearingen.  Chief Swearingen was appointed by the Board of Governance effective January 1, 2019 and oversees the day-to-day activities of the VRFA, ensuring the efficient and economic administration of the Authority. Brent joined the Fire Authority in January of 2012 after a successful 27-year career in the Reno, Nevada Fire Department. He previously served 15 years as a chief officer and his last assignment was as Division Chief of Operations and Administration. While in Reno, Brent served as a hazardous materials technician, technical rescue specialist, EMT-Intermediate, and training specialist. He has taught firefighting and hazardous materials response internationally for the University of Nevada, Reno, and the US State Department.

Brent has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security & Defense. He is a 2013 graduate of the Leadership Institute of South Puget Sound, an active member of the Auburn Kiwanis, and has numerous state and nationally recognized certificates and certifications in fire service and leadership topics.

In addition to the Fire Chief / Administrator, administration and management of the VRFA is supported by two Deputy Fire Chiefs and the Chief Financial Officer.  They are aided by the members of the Fire Marshal’s Office, the Training & Safety Division, the Planning and Logistics Division, the Public Education and Information Section, the Information Services Section, and six administrative support personnel.  The fire and EMS personnel are supervised by Battalion Chiefs.

Brad Thompson

Deputy Fire Chief of Operations

Brad Thompson is the Deputy Fire Chief of Operations. Brad oversees the Operations Division, including daily emergency response, preparation activities, and training for the Fire Authority. Brad began his fire service career in 1999 with the Legacy Auburn Fire Department. In addition to operations, Brad has worked in the Public Information, EMS, Technical Rescue, and Planning and Logistics Divisions. Brad has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Gonzaga University, is a Certified Public Manager, and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt from the University of Washington, Tacoma. When not at work, Brad enjoys spending time in the mountains or on the Puget Sound with his family.

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

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.