There will be a couple of new faces at the King County Fire District No. 43 Board of Commissioners meetings.
Following the voters approval of Proposition No. 1, the board has expanded from three to five members. The commission oversees Maple Valley Fire and Life Safety which is also known as Fire District 43.
Commissioners Brian McGee, Mike Scott and Camille Walls appointed two new members at the April 16 meeting – Bill VanRuff and Jenny Rydberg.
VanRuff was appointed Sept. 3, 2009 to the seat left vacant by Jeff Granlund, who resigned Aug. 6 when the board decided on a split vote not to renew former Maple Valley Fire Chief Tim Lemon’s contract.
VanRuff served until Walls, who won the November general election over Granlund, joined the board in January.
“I’m really happy to be back,” VanRuff said. “I’m looking forward to it and I appreciate all the support I have had.”
Rydberg, an attorney in Kent, said the fire district appears to be “past it angst and is ready to move on. It matters to me my fire district is run in a way to provide the best service.”
The members were scheduled to be sworn in Thursday at a special meeting of the commissioners.