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Our Board of Trustees

Susan Piechowski, M.D. : Chair, Board of Trustees

Susan Piechowski, M.D. - Chair, Board of Trustees

Sue Piechowski was first elected to the Board of Trustees in May, 2014, and was re-elected in 2017. She became Chair in the fall of 2016. She is a retired physician, board certified in Internal Medicine, with years of leadership experience while practicing as an internist and hospitalist in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Derek Kampfe : Trustee. Volunteer. EMT. Assistant Chief.

Derek Kampfe - Trustee. Volunteer. EMT. Assistant Chief.

Derek Kampfe volunteered for the department in June of 2016 and was elected to the Board of Trustees on 5/2/2017. Prior to moving to the ranch he was a volunteer at the Fort Ellis department for five years. He is a volunteer firefighter with Manhattan Volunteer Fire Department and was appointed Assistant Chief of the Gallatin River Ranch Fire Department in the spring of 2018. Derek is an EMT and firefighter with over 600 calls under his belt.

Barbara Mack : Trustee. Board of Trustees Secretary

Barbara Mack - Trustee. Board of Trustees Secretary

Barb Mack was appointed to the Board of Trustees in October, 2013 and was re-elected to the Board on 5/3/16. She has served as the Secretary of the Board since 2016. Prior to moving to Montana in 2006, she was sole proprietor of Fleece to Fibers Interior Designs in Los Altos, California. She is a Professional Member of ASID and CCID.

Spencer Millimen : Trustee, Vice Chair, Reserve Volunteer Supervisor

Spencer Millimen - Trustee, Vice Chair, Reserve Volunteer Supervisor

Spencer Millimen was appointed to the Board of Trustees in January, 2017. On 5/2/2017 he was elected to complete the term to which he was appointed to, which expires in 2020. His is the Board Vice Chair. He became a reserve volunteer in March, 2018 and is the Reserve Volunteer Supervisor. He retired from his position as a detective with the Columbus, Ohio, police department in 2015.

Richard Anderson, DVM : Trustee.

Richard Anderson, DVM - Trustee.

Dr. Anderson was appointed to the Board of Trustees to a position with a 3-year term that was elected in May, 2018 due to a resignation. Dr. Anderson is a long-time resident of  the Gallatin River Ranch Rural Fire District. He is a retired veterinarian. His position will expire on 5/7/19 and his continuation to complete the full term through 5/4/21 will require voter ratification.

Election of Trustees

Trustees are elected to three-year terms of office. The terms are staggered on a three-year cycle. Election are conducted each May. Pursuant to MCA 13-1-502(4)(a) and 12-1-502(4(a)&(b), an election is only held if the number of candidates exceeds the number of positions to be filled at the election. If the number is equal to or less than the number of positions to be filled by the election, the election administrator shall cancel the election and the governing body shall declare the candidate elected by acclamation. The cost of each election is charged to the fire district. In 2017 the election cost the district $1,300.

Board Responsibilities

The Board of Trustees is elected by the voters of the fire district to represent those voters and supervise the management of the Gallatin River Ranch Fire Department. The trustees meet on the third Tuesday of each month to review monthly financials and reports and to monitor progress of projects underway in the department. The Fire Chief, Executive Assistant, and Supervisors report to the Board of Trustees. The Board establishes district policies and reviews department policies and procedures as needed. The Board establishes the yearly budget and handles the fiscal affairs of the department.