Board of Commissioners

The District’s service area includes Geneva, Sudden Valley and the North Shore of Lake Whatcom. The District is governed by a five member Board of Commissioners who set the policies and rates of the District. The District is divided into five commissioner districts; each represented by a resident elected from that district to serve a six year term of office.  Currently serving as Commissioners are:

  • Laura L. Abele - Board President

    - Sudden Valley // Current Term: 2015—2021

    Laura Abele is a long-time resident of Sudden Valley, and joined the District’s Board of Commissioners in September 2010. She has served as Board President since January 2016. Laura had previous experience serving on the Board of the Sudden Valley Community Association. Her professional background in office management, systems support and implementation, and process improvement provide a useful analytical viewpoint. Contributions to the community include service as the Chair of Sudden Valley Community Association’s Disaster Preparedness Committee and volunteer work for the Sedro-Woolley Fire Department, St. Joseph’s Hospital, and The American Red Cross.

  • Todd Citron - Board Secretary

    - Geneva // Current Term: 2017—2023

    Todd Citron is the District’s longest-serving commissioner, having celebrated 20 years of service in 2018. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Todd spent two years in Bellingham at Western Washington University before receiving college and graduate degrees from Wesleyan University and Boston College. He spent a decade in New England, started a family, and then moved with them to Bellingham in 1989 and into the Lake Whatcom watershed in 1991. Todd had a career in computer programming, networking, repair and technical support for 25 years. Todd’s desire to preserve the health and beauty of the area is manifest in his focus on building a robust water and sewer district with efficient operating practices while distributing costs equitably.

  • Bruce R. Ford

    - North Shore // Current Term: 2020—2025

    Bruce Ford has been serving the environmental business at the highest level for over 40-years, and has served the District as a commissioner since 2014. He has held state operator certification in several states and worked as superintendent of a large sanitary district water reclamation plant for five years. After seven years in the municipal sector, Bruce worked for the world-wide engineering construction company, Bechtel, for 33 years. He has in-depth experience in water and wastewater systems, environmental remediation, and project management.

  • Leslie McRoberts

    - Sudden Valley // Current Term: 2015—2021

    Leslie McRoberts is a long-time resident of Sudden Valley who is active and invested in both Lake Whatcom Water & Sewer District and the Sudden Valley Community Association. She served on the Board of Commissioners for almost 11 years between 2005 and 2016, and returned in 2018. Before retirement, Leslie was a Principle Information Resources Manager, allowing her to bring a systems analyst background to the pool of expertise of our Board. She places value in the diversity of ideas and opinions our Board brings to the table, and the range of solutions that they allow for.

  • John Carter

    - Geneva // Current Term: 2017—2023

    John Carter has been a resident of the District since 1983, and a commissioner since 2016. For the past three decades, he has held positions in public finance including serving as Chief Financial Officer for both the Port of Bellingham and the City of Bellingham. He has served on the boards of a number of non-profits in our community and has been actively engaged in various economic development initiatives throughout the county.

Detailed Commissioner District Map

Requesting Action by Board of Commissioners

Typical requests for Board action include appeals of the General Manager’s decisions and requests for variances to standard District policy or any other business that requires a decision or direction from the Board.  Requests to the Board of Commissioners must be received in writing and should include the name of the requester as well as their address, telephone number, and a brief description of the problem along with the preferred remedy.  Requests must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month in order to be included on the agenda for that month’s first meeting. The first meeting of each month is held on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.  The requester is welcome to attend the meeting, but attendance is not necessary to have the issue considered.  Following the meeting, the requester will receive a letter informing them of the Board’s decision.