Jim McEntire, Chair 2015
Term: January 2012 - December 2015
Voter Precincts Served: Bell Hill, Blyn, Carlsborg, Cline, Coyote, Diamond Point, Dungeness East and West, Eagle, Elk, Happy Valley, Jamestown, Lost Mountain, MacLeay, Miller Peninsula, Olympic, Port Williams, Prairie North and South, Riverside, Sequim 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, and Sunland North and South.
Commissioner McEntire's Committee and Advisory Board assignments include:
- Carlsborg Community Advisory Council
- Clallam Transit
- Economic Development Council
- Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC)
- Board of Directors, Western Region Representative
- Board of Natural Reources (elected by the 21 "Forest Board" counties)
- Legislative Steering Committee
- Veterans Affairs Liaison
All three Commissioners serve on the following Committees
- Board of Health
- Olympic Consortium Board
- Peninsula Regional Support Network Executive Committee
- Olympic Area Agency on Aging (lead)
- Peninsula Regional Transportation Planning Organization
- Lodging Tax Advisory Committee
From January 2008 to December 2011, Jim served as a Commissioner for the Port of Port Angeles whose principal focus is advancing the industrial and manufacturing sector of the County's economy. As a Port Commissioner, he was president of the Peninsula Development District, an economic development consortium for Jefferson and Clallam Counties; served as a member of the Washington Public Port Association Legislative Committee; and was the sole Strait of Juan de Fuca member on the U.S. Coast Guard Area Maritime Security Committee.
Commissioner McEntire is twice retired. The first after 32 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, retiring in the grade of Captain; and again from the Federal Senior Executive Service after six years of civilian service for the Departments of Transportation, Labor, and Homeland Security. In the Coast Guard, Jim's duty assignments were many and varied: in the immediate office of the Secretary of Transportation as the Secretary's military assistant; commanding officer of three ships; as the Service's principal officer responsible for preparing the Coast Guard annual budget; and last, as the Coast Guard Commandant's long range strategist. In civilian service in the Departments of Transportation, Labor, and Homeland Security, Jim served in successively more responsible civilian positions in charge of program planning, budget preparation, agency strategic planning, and business integration.
Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut and a Master of Public Administration degree from George Washington University in Washington, DC. He was the first Coast Guard member of the Secretary of Defense's Strategic Studies Group in Arlington, Virginia. He was, and remains, an Eagle Scout.
Commissioner McEntire's community service includes membership in the Sequim Sunrise Rotary Club, past board membership for the Boys and Girls Club of the Olympic Peninsula, and past presidencies of the Olympic Peninsula Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America and the Peninsula Rifle and Pistol Club.
He and his wife Sherry live north of Sequim. He has three grown children and seven grandchildren.