Board of Commissioners

Commissioner Robert Homan

Robert Homan (Chair)

Position 2
Term Ends: 2025

It’s an honor to serve and be a voice for you on the Board of Fire Commissioners for Graham Fire & Rescue. This is an honor I take very seriously, as such I encourage you to reach out to me as your representative, any time you have a concern or question about the Policy and Finances of the fire department here in Graham.

I have been a resident in Graham/Eatonville for 22 years and love this community. I am happily married to my wife, Mary, for the past 35 years! We have successfully raised a daughter who is 28 and serves in the airline industry, and a son who is 31 years old and works for the Portland Fire Bureau and is married to a fantastic wife named Jessica, of four years, who is a nurse at Providence Medical center in Portland on the Oncology floor. They have blessed us with a beautiful grandson who is currently 19 months old.

I’m a retired Battalion Chief of Renton Regional Fire Authority where I spent 35 years working my way up the ranks in all disciplines and positions. I hope to bring that experience and knowledge to the Board. Now that I’m retired, golfing, bike riding, boating and travelling are on my list of passions.

I have a history of being involved in the community via, PTA, Youth sports, numerous committees, the Elks, and serving on the Eatonville school Board for 14 years. I hope to bring all my experiences and knowledge to the Board to continue the great work and professionalism Graham Fire & Rescue is known for. My hope is we continue to staff appropriately throughout the district and improve services, look for efficiencies and maintain relevancy in the ever-changing business of the Fire Service.

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Gerry Gustafson

Position 1
Term Ends: 2023

Agribusiness; Boeing Machinist; Chair – Washington State Fryer Commission; President Washington Poultry Exposition; Elected – Pierce County Charter Review Commission; American Farm Bureau; Graduate Bethel High School; Fire Commissioner since 1994.

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Commissioner Barstow

Russ Barstow

Position 3
Term Ends: 2027

Growing up in Pierce County, as well as raising my family here, it is a true honor to be a part of Graham Fire.  I have been in the Fire Service for about 24 years.  The first seven years as a volunteer firefighter in Pierce County, then getting hired in 2005 as a career firefighter with S.E. Thurston Fire Authority where I presently hold the position of Lieutenant.

I have previously served one term on the Board of Commissioners with Graham Fire and am excited to be starting my second term with such a progressive department that is very engaged with their citizens.  Once again, I look forward to serving Graham Fire, as well as it’s community, and welcome the challenges involved in the role of Commissioner.  I am eager to help Graham Fire continue to move in a positive direction in keeping up with the everchanging needs and growth within the great community they serve.

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Nick Bakker

Position 4
Term Ends: 2027

I’ve lived in the South Hill area for 16 years. It’s an honor to be elected as one of the Fire Commissioners for Graham Fire & Rescue. I look forward to serving the Graham community. Keeping our community safe and wisely using your tax dollars are my highest priorities.

I have worked in the transportation industry for the last 26 years. I currently work as the Operations Manager for a portable storage container rental company in Kent Washington.

My hobbies include kayaking and driving around exploring our beautiful state. I also love to spend time with my daughter and grandson.

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Ryan Portmann

Position 5
Term Ends: 2025

It is an honor to serve the citizens of Graham Fire and Rescue as one of your Fire Commissioners. Although I was appointed in late 2016, I am very familiar with Graham Fire and Rescue, having previously served as a volunteer firefighter for the District in the early to mid 90’s, as well as more recently on the Chief’s Citizen Advisory Board.

My time as a volunteer firefighter with Graham Fire and Rescue affirmed my desire to pursue a career in public safety. I have been a police officer for nearly twenty years and currently serve as a Captain for Puyallup Police Department.

I am the proud father of two daughters that keep my wife and I very busy as they pursue their interests.

I welcome the opportunity to serve the citizens of Graham Fire and Rescue as one of your Fire Commissioners.

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