Jeff Knakal has owned a home in Sudden Valley since 2014 and resided there full time since his retirement in 2020 following a career in the aerospace industry. He was appointed to the Board of Commissioners in 2022 to fill an opening. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and has served as a volunteer firefighter/EMT with the South Whatcom Fire Authority since 2021. His passion for the outdoors drives his desire to use his engineering and management background to help maintain healthy water systems and protect the health of Lake Whatcom. You will often find him rowing on Lake Whatcom or running the trails of the watershed.
Commissioner Knakal was appointed by the Board in August of 2022 to serve until November 2023. He may run for election on the 2023 ballot, and if elected will then serve the remainder of the current term, through 2027.