King County Fire District 34 is governed by a three-member Board of Commissioners.  Each Commissioner is elected to a 6-year term at a General Election.  Vacancies are filled by appointment, until the next general election, when the position is filled for the remaining term of the replaced commissioner.  There is no salary for Commissioners, but they are compensated $114.00 for each day or portion thereof that they work on fire district business.  (RCW 52.14.010)  The Board of Commissioners is responsible for annually selecting a chairperson and vice-chairperson.

Board of Commissioners

Position 1 – Peter Lucarelli, Vice-Chairman, was appointed July 2005 and elected to serve six-year terms beginning in 2006 and 2012. Commissioner Lucarelli began his fire service career with the Los Angeles City Fire Department as a recruit firefighter in 1963. He progressed through the ranks to Assistant Chief, when he was recruited as the Bellevue, Washington Fire Chief in 1990. He retired from the Bellevue Fire Department in 2004 and was appointed to fill an unexpected vacancy with the Fire District #34 Board of Fire Commissioners in late 2005. He was elected to six-year terms on the Commission beginning in 2006 and 2012 and brings a depth of knowledge and understanding to the District regarding fire service operations, management, and political challenges that face communities and fire departments in providing contemporary public safety services. He and his spouse, Millie, live in the Trilogy Redmond Ridge portion of the District and have four adult children and seven grandchildren. Both are avid golfers and love to travel.  Email Vice-Chairman Commissioner Lucarelli.

Position 2 – Thomas Johnston, Chairman, was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Board in October, 2000 and was re-elected in 2002, 2008 and 2014. He works as a Control Systems Engineer with Systems Interface, Inc. and lives in the eastern portion of the district with his wife and four children. Commissioner Johnston has been a District resident for 13 years and has lived on the Eastside for the past 47 years. Email Chairperson Commissioner Johnston.




Position 3 – Joe Pylant was elected in November 2017 to fill an unexpired term of four years.  Commissioner Pylant retrired from his position as Sr. Vice President of Rocket Research/Olin Aerospace after 31 years of service.  He has lived in Redmond for 24 years.  Joe has four grown children and eight grandchildren.  Joe loves to play golf and also volunteers in his community church.  Email Commissioner Pylant