Education: Graduated from University High School. Earned associates degree for fire command administrator from Spokane Community College in 1995. Completed the National Fire Academy’s Executive Officer Program in 2001.
Work Experience: Worked for Spokane Valley Fire Department for 35 years, before retiring in 2015. Promoted to lieutenant in 1992 and was part of the fire department’s first technical rescue team in 1994. He became deputy fire chief in 2001. Spent a decade on the Local Emergency Planning Committee and three years on Washington State Fire Defense Board. He was on Spokane Falls Community College Fire Science Committee for 10 years.
Family: Married to Catherine Rider.
The races for two Spokane Valley Fire Commission Board seats are too close to call. Stan Chalich, 73, is leading incumbent Patrick Burch with 49.8 percent of the vote for Spokane Valley Fire Commissioner Position 1. Burch was appointed to the fire board of commissioners in 2016.
Spokane County Fire District Board Commissioner William A. “Bill” Anderson and challenger Larry T. Rider have at least one thing in common: more than two decades of firefighting experience. Anderson was employed with the Spokane Valley Fire Department for 29 years as a firefighter, dispatcher, engineer and officer.