Gene is a Fire Commissioner from Jefferson County Fire District No. 3, Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue. Gene has served as a Fire Commissioner for twelve years and was re-elected in the November 2013 general election to another six-year term.
In October 2007, Gene was appointed to the Washington Fire Commissioners (WFCA) Health Care Committee. He also was elected to the WFCA Board of Directors as the WFCA Region Nine Director in October 2011 at the WFCA Annual Conference and re-elected to the Board in October 2013.
Before serving as a Fire Commissioner, Gene spent thirty years with the Department of Defense, Fire and Emergency Services. Gene held various and increasingly responsible positions in the Fire Service including three years as Deputy Director of Navy Fire and Emergency Services. He developed Instructions and Policies and Procedures for Navy Fire Departments worldwide. In addition, Gene was involved in the specifications and procurement of structural, crash, wild-land and hazardous material response apparatus.