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Board of Directors

The Southern Marin Fire Protection District is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors. Board Directors are elected by the residents, serve four-year terms and Board members must live within the Fire District boundaries. The SMFD Board of Directors meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Headquarters Fire Station located at 308 Reed Boulevard in Mill Valley. The public is encouraged to attend and participate in District Board Meetings.  


Fire District elections are managed by the Marin County Election's office. Board members are elected or re-elected every four years during the Uniform District Elections in November. The terms of office are four-year, staggered terms. SMFD Board Directors must live within the District boundaries.

Election Procedures

Additional information, including election procedures and deadlines, can be obtained by visiting the Marin County Elections office at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Suite 121 in San Rafael or by calling 415) 473-6456 or on the Marin County Election Department website: http://www.marincounty.org/depts/rv

Board Manual

Download the Southern Marin Fire Protection District Board of Directors Manual.


Board Members receive a monthly stipend of $100.



Kurt Chun

thumb chun2012Kurt has served on the Board since 1991. He is a native of San Francisco Bay Area, raised in Mill Valley. He currently resides in the Homestead Valley area of unincorporated Mill Valley. Kurt Attended San Francisco State University, and the University of California Berkeley with a major in Education and Vocational Studies. He  recently retired as a Fire Captain from the City of Berkeley Fire Department with greater than thirty years in the fire service.  (Term: 2013-2017)

Email Contact: ffchun@yahoo.com


Cathryn Hilliard

cathryn hilliardCathryn has served on the Board since 2009 and is a resident of the Tamalpais Valley area of unincorporated Mill Valley.  She is currently the Executive Director of the Construction Industry Force Account Council (CIFAC).  Before joining CIFAC in 1997, Hilliard was Director of Government and Public Affairs for the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) for 10 years. She was also a government and public affairs consultant whose clients included; the City and the County of Los Angeles, Chevron Corporation, McDonald’s, Wahl Instruments, and the National Education Media Network. Hilliard set up a one-stop location filming permit center in Hollywood to help keep the motion picture business in California. She also worked in both houses of Congress as staff for Indiana Senators Vance Hartke and Birch Bayh and for Congressman Winfield Denton of Evansville.

Her professional and charitable affiliations included being president of the Bay Area Public Affairs Council, American Society for Public Administration, Bay Area Chapter, and the UCSF Auxiliary. She is also a current member of AAUW, LWV, Marin Women's PAC and the Tam Valley Improvement Club. Hilliard received her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Public Administration from Cal State University East Bay. She also has a management certificate from UC Berkeley.  (Term: 2016-2020)

Email Contact: chilliard@cifac.org


Tom Perazzo 

Tom PerazzoTom has served on the Board since 2012. He is a Sausalito Resident. Tom is currently employed as a Safety and Risk Consultant. Tom is currently a member of the Sausalito Disaster Preparedness Committee, Sausalito Volunteers in Public Safety, National Fire Protection Association, American Society of Safety Engineer, Native Sons of the Golden West and the Golden Gate Tall Ships Society. (Term: 2016-2020)

Email Contact: tom.perazzo@sbcglobal.net


Dan St. John

Dan St John (Term: 2013-2017)

Email Contact: dan.st.john@hotmail.com


Stephen Willis

thumb willis2012Chief Willis and his wife Arliss have been residents of Sausalito since 1968. He served the majority of his 33 years with the City of Sausalito as a police officer, retiring in 2000 as Chief of Police and Fire Services. Since retirement, he has worked as a police and fire consultant. He also has served as an interim police chief on 6 occasions with 5 different cities. He was appointed to the SMFD Board in July of 2012 after Sausalito merged with the district. He is a past president of the Sausalito Rotary Club where he has been a member since 1988. He and his wife are very active in the community. (Term: 2013-2017)

Email Contact: snawillis@comcast.net

Download this file (4.  Board Roster_revised Feb 2017.pdf)Board of Directors Roster February 2017[Fire District Board of Directors Roster]154 kB
Download this file (ethics certificates 2014_Page_1.jpg)Cathryn Hilliard Ethics Cert[ ]409 kB
Download this file (ethics certificates 2014_Page_2.jpg)Tom Perazzo Ethics Cert[ ]168 kB
Download this file (ethics certificates 2014_Page_4.jpg)Stephen Willis Ethics Cert[ ]375 kB
Download this file (ethics certificates 2014_Page_5.jpg)Kurt Chun Ethics Cert[ ]308 kB
Download this file (ethics certificates 2014_Page_6.jpg)Daniel St John Ethics Cert[ ]315 kB

Our Mission

The Mission of the Southern Marin Fire District is to contribute to Greater Southern Marin Community’s reputation as a safe, friendly, economically thriving community in which to live, work, learn, play and visit.

We achieve our mission by providing the highest quality local and regional community risk reduction, suppression, emergency medical services, rescue, marine response, disaster preparedness and community education services possible within the resources provided to us.

We are professional, proud, compassionate, highly-trained, and committed to utilizing state of the art technology to provide services that meet or exceed the expectations of our community.


308 Reed Boulevard
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Tel: (415) 388-8182
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