Assistant Chief of Prevention
Assistant Chief of Training, EMS & Information Technology
Assistant Chief of Operations
Director of Administrative Services & Finance
Community & Media Relations Manager
Executive Assistant to the Fire Chief
Position 1, 2014-2019
Bart was born in Shelbyville, Indiana. He married his High School sweetheart, Barb, in 1970. He attended Miami University of Ohio for his BA and Southern Illinois University for his MBA. He spent 5 1/2 years in the Air Force as a radar controller and got out at the rank of Captain. After the Air Force, he started a career in the Financial Advising arena and has been in that field since 1979. He has been working for Edward Jones & Company since 1990.
Bart and Barb have two grown children. Their son lives and works in the United Kingdom and has two children. Their daughter lives in Dupont, teaches at Clover Park High School, and coaches women’s soccer at the University of St. Martins. She also has two children.
Bart has over 30 years of community service in the Lakewood/University Place community. He has served on various boards and committees from foundations, schools, chambers and clubs. He is a past president of the local Kiwanis club and still serves on its board of directors. Bart started his service with the local Fire community with helping with a strategic planning effort in 2000. Since then he has been on its Civil Service board, co-chaired levy and bond boards and is currently a commissioner.
Position 2, 2016-2021
Commissioner Clancy attended the University of Puget Sound where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications in 1985. He has represented the Citizens of the District since 2004 as a Fire Commissioner, having served as Chair and Vice-Chair during that time. Commissioner Clancy has lived in Lakewood since 1969 and has three sons. John has had the opportunity to serve the community in many ways, including being a committee member of Clover Park Citizen’s Committee for Schools and a volunteer for Paint Tacoma-Pierce County Beautiful.
Position 3, 2012-2017
Commissioner Rankin has been with the District for 35 years. The first fifteen years as a volunteer and the last twenty years on the Board of Commissioners. He is retired from Department of Defense, having worked for U.S. Navy as a Federal Civil Service Worker for 37 years. Commissioner Rankin retired from U.S.A.F. with 20 ½ years. He is married to wife Myrt and has two grown adult children.
Grant Erb, Board Chair
Position 4, 2016-2021
In his life prior to the Fire Service, Commissioner Erb graduated from Wilson High School, Washington State University (B.S. Zoology), and the University of Washington (B.S. Fisheries Biology); he also received two Associate Degrees from T.C.C. while working for TFD. When not attending school, Commissioner Erb served as a Marine Corps Officer for three years (1972-1975), including a tour overseas. He has been married to Elizabeth for 25-plus years. Commissioner Erb is also an avid shotgun target shooter (trap, skeet, and sporting clays), and have received more than “a few” medals at the NW Police/Fire, CANAM and World Police/Fire Games.
Commissioner Erb recently retired after 34 years with the Tacoma Fire Department, where he worked as a Firefighter/Paramedic, Field Lieutenant, Fire Inspector/Investigator, Executive Board member of IAFF Local 31, and finished his career on Engine 6 and the Fireboat. Currently serving as Board Chairperson, and as a representative to the South Sound 911 Policy Board.
John Sheeran, Vice Chair
Position 5, 2014-2019
Commissioner Sheeran graduated from Bellevue High in 1982, and Whitman College in 1986. After trying to sell futons for a few years, he went into commercial real estate for four years before going to law school here in Tacoma. He started at UPS School of Law, and then the school sold to Seattle University, so he graduated from SU School of Law in 1996. That same year he married Marnie, and became a deputy prosecuting attorney here in Pierce County. Commissioner Sheeran and his wife have lived in Pierce County for 20 years, the last 5 of which have been in University Place.
In the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office he has prosecuted DUIs, domestic violence, sexual assault, meth labs, and murder cases; he also spent two years in the Appeals Unit, and appeared before the Court of Appeals and the State Supreme Court. Commissioner Sheeran was in charge of the Drug Unit and is currently the Felony Division Chief. While with the prosecutor’s office he has served on the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs (WACOPS) Executive Board, and was the president of the Public Safety Employee Insurance Corp., which provides disability insurance to law enforcement officers, he was also president of the deputy prosecuting attorneys guild.