- Fire Chief Larry Karp
Larry worked his way through the ranks, retiring as a battalion chief with the Bensenville Fire Protection District in northern Illinjois near Chicago. Larry also served over 20 years with the Stickney Fire Department, a part time fire organization, just outside of the Chicago city limits. He left that job after serving 15 years as a lieutenant.
Larry and Denise, his wife since 1986, came to Quilcene for the opportunity to help lead a volunteer fire department with an added advantage of enjoying
the Northwest lifestyle. They had never traveled to this part of the country and saw this as a great adventure. Larry and Denise have one son, who is also inthe fire service working as a Firefighter/Paramedic.
Back in Illinois, Larry and Denise were both involved in the Boy Scouting program and enjoyed camping, water activities and sports. Larry still roots for the Chicago Bears, Cubs, and Blackhawks but admits the Seahawks and Mariners are growing on him.
Deputy Fire Chief Don Svetich
planned to work or live on the Peninsula beyond that first season,” it just kind of grew on me”. First finding, that he enjoyed the Olympics’ natural beauty,
then he enjoyed the challenge of fighting fire in them. In 1989 Don met woman that would become his Partner in life, Thais, (A Quilcene High graduate), after
the summer of the Yellowstone fires. They have been partners in everything from first day. Including, raising two children, Barbara and Tyson, together in Quilcene.
After a nearly 30 year career with the Olympic National Forest, Don retire to “sit, enjoy life and grow old”, that lasted six months before an offer from the Quilcene
school district to drive school bus part time, pulled him out of his easy chair. Two month after that Chief Karp made the offer of Deputy Chief with Quilcene
Fire Rescue. After twenty years with the Department, it seemed a good way “continue to help my neighbors and finish out a Fire Career”.
Commissioner Art Frank
- More information on Commissioner Frank to be added shortly.
- Commissioner Herb Beck
Herb Beck, was born in Quilcene in 1938, graduating in the Quilcene High School Class of 1957, one of just 14 students in the class that year. Herb is the proud namesake of Quilcene’s “Herb Beck Marina and Industrial Park” since 2005. He is a former Port of Port Townsend Commissioner. He was in on many key port commi
ssioner decisions over the decades. His 36 year term may be the longest-serving port commissioner service in state history.
The Beck family has been in Quilcene since the early 1870s. Herb has four children with his wife Patricia and a grandchild. When not serving as a Jefferson County Fire Protection District #2 Fire Commission Chairman, he raises beef and tends his family farm.
Commissioner Melody Bacchus.
Melody Bacchus has been a resident in the Quilcene area for 20 twenty years where she has owned and operated a business in the downtown area. She raised her six children in this community which gave her great insight into the needs that a small community such as ours requires.
Her business has allowed her to become an intergral part in the Quilcene community by employing hundreds of local residents and participating in many local organizations. She values the roots she has made here and looks forward to serving the Quilcene community as a Fire District 2 Commissioner.