South County Fire Board of Commissioners Chair Jim Kenny swears in Fire Chief Thad Hovis. (South County Fire)

South County Fire Board of Commissioners Chair Jim Kenny swears in Fire Chief Thad Hovis. (South County Fire)

South County Fire chief chosen; South Everett Lions gift $4K

Thad Hovis is the new fire chief of South County Fire

The word “interim” was removed from Thad Hovis’ title Wednesday night when he was selected as fire chief of the South County Fire regional fire authority

The South County Fire Board of Commissioners appointed Hovis, a 25-year fire service veteran, who had been serving in the role of interim fire chief since Fire Chief Doug Dahl retired at the end of March.

As the leader of South County Fire, Hovis is the chief executive of the county’s largest provider of fire and emergency medical services. South County Fire provides 24-hour staffing at 14 fire stations serving more than 250,000 residents in Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and unincorporated south Snohomish County.

Hovis has spent his entire fire service career serving the community of south Snohomish County.

“We feel fortunate to find such a highly-qualified person within our ranks,” said Commissioner Bob Meador, the board’s vice chair. “Chief Hovis has demonstrated he has the credentials, skills and leadership we need in the regional fire authority.”

Association of Washington Cities reelects Marysville mayor to board of directors

Jon Nehring, mayor of Marysville since 2010, was reelected to serve District 8 on the Association of Washington Cities’ Board of Directors.

Nehring has been on the board since 2013 and was chosen to continue representing the district that includes 19 cities and towns in Snohomish County during a June meeting.

“My goal is to be a strong voice on behalf of the cities and towns of my district and to ensure that the interests of all of our cities and towns are vigorously protected,” Nehring said.

Founded in 1933, the Association of Washington Cities is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation that represents Washington’s cities and towns before the state legislature, the state executive branch, and with regulatory agencies. Membership is voluntary.

The board of directors is the association’s governing body and is comprised of 25 members.

Four local students earn South Everett Lions Scholarship

The South Everett Lions awarded four graduating seniors $1,000 scholarships for their future endeavors.

Haziel Lopez and Tomas Villatoro from Cascade High School and Chase Atchison and Trinity Hanning from Mariner High School were the 2020 winners. The awards are a continuation of the South Everett Lions’ tradition of supporting youth in our community.

Arlington Rotary Club donates blood to save lives

A partnership between the Rotary Club of Arlington and the American Red Cross resulted in 39 units of collected blood at a jointly hosted blood drive last month.

According to the PNW Region Blood Services, the donation will save 117 lives.

Rotarians volunteered to administer the event and signed up to give blood. The Rotary Club of Arlington plans to host another blood drive soon given the success of the first.

“Our club loves to do service projects and it’s been challenging to coordinate in-person work projects with COVID-19 precautions in place,” said Jim Kelly, chair of projects for the Rotary Club of Arlington. “We felt that hosting a blood drive was the perfect opportunity to help replenish local blood banks that are in dire need.”

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