There’s a new fire commissioner on South Whidbey.
During a special meeting on Feb. 24, the South Whidbey Fire/EMS board of commissioners chose Clinton resident Lawrence Metz as its newest member.
Metz hails from Los Angeles, where he was a firefighter assigned to the harbor for 36 years. He worked with the fire chief there as part of a two-person command team responding to large fires, forming liaisons with the harbor’s police force, nearby refineries and the Coast Guard.
Now retired, he serves as one of 15 board directors for a national firefighter credit union, which he has done for 34 years. For six years, he was chairman of its board.
“The most important thing for our board folks is that they’re good members, and he really knows how to be a member because he’s had a lot of experience with it,” Fire Chief Rusty Palmer said.