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Board of Commissioners

Fire Commissioners Liberty Ryder, Frank Kirkbride, Sylvia Roberts, Gene Dobry and Judy Wilson.

Lacey Fire District 3 operates under the legislative authority of five fire commissioners, each elected to six-year overlapping terms.  The Board of Fire Commissioners is responsible for establishing key policy, setting levies, developing and adopting the annual budget, reviewing and approving contracts, and appointing a fire chief.The Board meets the first and third Thursdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. at Station 31. The meetings are open to the public. Changes to the meeting schedule and Meeting Agenda will be posted at Headquarters Station. Meeting Minutes will be made available by request to 491-2410.

Eugene W. Dobry, Jr. – Commissioner

Eugene W. Dobry, Jr.

Eugene W. Dobry, Jr.

Gene Dobry was elected to the Board of Fire Commissioners in November 2009.

Gene is a former military officer (Lt. Colonel) from the US Air Force. He retired from active duty in 2003 after completing a total of 31 years of military service. Gene is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and has a Masters Degree in Soil Science and Biometeorology from Utah State University. He is currently employed with USDA Rural Development as a Community Programs loan specialist.

Gene is a transplant resident to the State of Washington, moving to the area as a result of a military transfer to Fort Lewis in 1998. After retiring from the Air Force, he decided to make the Lacey community his permanent home. Gene is active at the Grace Community Covenant Church, the Hawks Prairie Rotary, the Military Officers Association of America (Olympia chapter) and also participates in the Adopt-A-Roadway Clean-up Program. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Rachel, for over 38 years. They have three adult sons and five grandchildren.

K. Frank Kirkbride – Commissioner

K. Frank Kirkbride

K. Frank Kirkbride

Frank Kirkbride has been active in the Lacey community, serving on several community boards, committees and task forces. He chairs the Board of Directors for Coastal BSG, a subsidiary of the community rehabilitation program “Morningside,” and served 18 years on the Lacey Historical Commission.  Commissioner Kirkbride is active in Lacey Rotary, Lacey Rotary Foundation, is a Trustee of the Washington State University Foundation and a member of Board of Directors, Mt. Rainier Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Initially appointed to the Lacey Fire District 3 Board of Fire Commissioners in 2000, he served through 2009.  After a couple years off the Board he was elected in 2011 and began his current term in 2012.

Frank graduated from Washington State University as a Landscape Architect.  He worked with Washington State Department of Highways/Transportation for ten years prior to starting his consulting firm in 1979. Frank is the President of The Kirkbride Group, Inc, a Lacey based real estate development and investment company.

Liberty Ryder – Commissioner

Liberty Ryder

Liberty Ryder

Liberty Ryder was elected to the Board of Fire Commissioners in November 2017.

A Thurston County native, Liberty is a graduate of Olympia High School and South Puget Sound Community College.  She has resided in Lacey Fire District Three for 15 years.

For the last eight years, Liberty has worked alongside other community leaders to successfully advocate for Lacey’s annexation into Fire District Three.  She also helped pass a bond to update emergency services and a levy lift to fully staff all fire stations within the district.

Liberty has two children, and is the co-owner of a small chain of car washes in the Puget Sound region that employ over 80 people.  She loves serving her community, enjoys traveling and staying active by hiking, backpacking or anything outdoors.


Sylvia Roberts – Commissioner

Sylvia Roberts

Sylvia Roberts

Sylvia Roberts was appointed to the Board of Fire commissioners in April 2015.  Sylvia was born and raised in the Olympia/Lacey area, graduating from St. Placid High School.   She went on to receive a B.S. from Gonzaga University, M.ED. from the University of Washington, and administrative credentials from Seattle Pacific University.  Sylvia spent over thirty-seven years in education serving as a special education teacher, Director of Special Education, Middle School Principal, Executive Director of Human Services, and retiring as Deputy Superintendent of Snohomish Schools.

Sylvia’s experience includes considerable involvement in school district levy and bond campaigns, contractual negotiations, and community outreach. A particular passion of Sylvia’s is outreach to the senior citizen community.   Sylvia gladly spent many years as a caregiver to her parents and others in the Lacey/Olympia area.

Sylvia currently resides at her family home in Lacey.  Her daughter, a surgeon, lives with her family in the Sacramento area.

Judy Wilson – Commissioner

Judy Wilson

Judy Wilson

Judy Wilson was appointed to one of the new Fire Commissioner positions in October 2010. She is a 30 year resident of Fire District 3, now living in Lacey. Judy has held two prior elected positions; 8 years as Thurston County Commissioner, then 4 years on the North Thurston Public Schools Board of Directors.

Judy moved to Thurston County from Maryland where she received a Diploma in Nursing. She worked at Group Health Cooperative for several years.

Judy is a Realtor® with Keller Williams Realty in Olympia. She had 15 years experience in real estate and home loans prior to running for office in 1992. She has 2 sons, Michael & Jim and enjoys being Grandma to Johnny, Andrew, Audrey and Alexander.

Judy is a member of the Kiwanis Club of North Thurston and the Lacey Chamber of Commerce. She volunteers for various activities in the community.

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