Ken was first elected Fire Commissioner in Yakima County Fire District No. 12 in 2002. He was appointed to the WFCA Health Care Committee in 2014. He has served as the Region 4 Board of Directors Representative. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Yakima County Fire Commissioners. Ken graduated from Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in 1978 and also obtained an MBA. He served as a Critical Care Registered Nurse in Spokane and Yakima. Ken was the Director of Surgical Services at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital from 1995 to 2007. He was the Clinic Administrator for Yakima Gastroenterology from 2007 to 2014. He was the President of the Board for People For People, served on the Allocations Committee for United Way of Yakima, and was President of the Western States Materials Managers Association.
Ken currently resides in Yakima, WA with his wife Melanie, and their four adult children. He is an avid horseman and teamster, and participates in the WA State Outfitters and Guides annual Wagon Train Ride in Winthrop, WA.