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Council Member Rich Peterson
District 2 - San Juan North
Term of Office 2/5/2006 - 1/1/2011
Rich Peterson

350 Court Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
(360) 378-2898
Fax (360) 378-7208

Rich began his career in public service as a firefighter for the City of Santa Barbara in 1963 and was promoted through the ranks until he became the fire chief in 1976.

He was hired as the Santa Barbara County fire chief in 1980 and continued in the position until his retirement. His career in fire service totaled 28 years. Rich administered a department of over 200 employees and was involved in combating major emergencies including several conflagrations.

During his tenure, Rich served on numerous boards and was elected president of the California Fire Chiefs Association. While a California resident, he completed many building projects including a number of boats and the family home.

After his retirement in 1992, Rich began a new career as a metal sculptor. He created two significant public art pieces in the Santa Barbara area and has a piece locally at the Leo Lambiel Museum on Orcas. His work is represented in private collections in the United States and Europe.

He lives on the northwest side of the island with his wife of 47 years, Janice, who serves on the Community Theatre board of trustees and is past president. They both feel extremely lucky to live on San Juan Island. Their daughter, Kira, and her family reside here too. Rich is a member and past director of the San Juan Lions Club, and past Commodore of the San Juan Island Yacht Club.

Rich has served as a member of the San Juan Island County Council since December of 2006. He serves on the Board of Health, the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee and Chairs the Council's General Government subcommittee.