Chief Francis Retirement & Chief Snell Appointment

On the occasion of his retirement, the District 17 Fire Commissioners would like to thank Chief Gerry Francis for his many years of solid leadership as Fire Chief of the Guemes Island Fire Department.

Chief Franics’ devotion to serving Guemes Island was evident through his leadership, compassion, and willingness to go above and beyond. For nearly 10 years, Gerry answered the call and he will be missed by the Commissioners. We would also like to recognize Loraine Francis who served as the departments Public Information Officer and “Chief Chef” for many years. Lorraine is also taking this opportunity to step away from the department. Both Gerry and Loraine will be missed!

The District 17 Commissioners would also like to congratulate incoming Chief Olivia Snell for her appointment as the new Chief of the Guemes Island Fire Department. Chief Snell has been a dedicated member of our department for over 10 years, and she has served as Assistant Chief for the past 5 years. In her 10 years on the department, Chief Snell has had a distinguished service and training record. She also has a background with the Coast Guard and in the maritime industry as well as extensive experience in healthcare. Her history, knowledge, and experience will be an asset to our Department and we could not be happier to have Chief Snell in this position.

Skagit Fire District 17 Board of Commissioners