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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors meet on the second WEDNESDAY of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Fire Station 19, located at 777 San Anselmo Avenue.

Board of Directors

The Ross Valley Fire Board is comprised of eight members; two from the Ross Town Council, two from the San Anselmo Town Council, two from the Fairfax Town Council, and two from the Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District.


Renee Goddard, (Fairfax)

rgoddard@townoffairfax.org  | 

Bio coming soon! 


ford greeneFord Greene, (San Anselmo)

fordgreene@comcast.net  | 

Director Greene grew up in next-door Ross as a fourth generation Ross Valley native (where Natalie Coffin Greene Park at Phoenix Lake is named for his grandmother). Ford attended local public schools. A sole practitioner, for over 30 years Greene has litigated redress for wrongful treatment of individual constitutional liberties. This includes criminal defense to civil tort litigation against global religious corporate entities. The National Lawyers for Public Justice gave Greene national recognition when it awarded him its runner-up Trial Lawyer of the Year award for his successful work against the Church of Scientology.


john reedJohn Reed (Fairfax)

jreed@townoffairfax.org  | 

John Reed has been a member of the Fairfax Council since 2009, and was appointed to the Fire Board in 2012. He has been active in reducing wildfire danger in Fairfax for two decades, and is particularly interested in restoring our egress options through the pedestrian trail network. Please contact John at jreed@townoffairfax.org or call (415) 258-9289.


Tom FinnThomas Finn, (Sleepy Hollow FPD)

tfinn@well.com  |  2013

Thomas Finn is a Ross Valley native. He completed his undergraduate schooling at the University of California at Davis and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco School of Law. He has served on the Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District Board of Directors since 1999. His service on the Ross Valley Paramedic Authority Board began in 2006, and included a term as president of the Board from 2009- 2011. He has served on the Ross Valley Fire Joint Powers Authority Board of Directors since 2013.


Rich ShortallRichard Shortall, (Sleepy Hollow FPD)

rich_shortall@att.net  |  2010

Director Shortall retired from San Francisco Fire Department as Asst. Deputy Chief / Emergency Manager.  He promoted through the ranks from Firefighter to Asst. Deputy Chief, and served as San Francisco Fire EMS Chief, Deputy Director San Francisco Office of Emergency Services, General Manager Bay Area Super Urban Area Security Initiative.  Director Shortall serves as a Director on the Board of the Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District, Ross Valley Fire Dept, FIRESafe MARIN, and Marin Emergency Radio Authority, and is Disaster Chair at Marin County Red Cross.  Rich has a Bachelor of Science (BS) in East Asian Studies from University of California, Los Angeles.  He was appointed to the Board of the Ross Valley Fire Department in 2010 and currently resides in San Anselmo with his wife Diana.


Steve Burdo, (San Anselmo)

sburdo@townofsananselmo.org |  

Bio coming soon!


Elizabeth BrekhusElizabeth Brekhus (Ross)

elizabethb@brekhus.com |  Nov. 2016 - Nov. 2020

Elizabeth was elected to a 4-year term on the Ross Town Council in June of 2012, and was elected Mayor in 2014.   Elizabeth began serving on the Board of Directors of the Marin County Bar Association in 2006, and was elected Secretary in 2011, Treasurer in 2012, President-elect in 2013 and President in 2014 and Past President in 2015.  Elizabeth obtained her B.A at Kenyon College in 1993. She graduated from the University of San Francisco, School of Law in 1997.  Elizabeth resides in Ross with her three children, and is a committed volunteer in her community.


Beach KuhlBeach Kuhl (Ross)

beach.kuhl@sedgwicklaw.com  | 

Beach Kuhl has lived in Ross since 1974. He practices law as a litigator, mediator and arbitrator in San Francisco. After a term on the Marin County Grand Jury, he was elected to the Ross Town Council in 2012 . Mr. Kuhl  currently also serves as a commissioner of the Transportation Authority of Marin. He joined the board of directors of the Ross Valley Fire Department in 2015.  He can be reached at 415-627-1411 or beach.kuhl@sedgwicklaw.com.


Monthly Meetings

Monthly Fire Board meetings are held in at Fire Station 19, located at 777 San Anselmo Avenue.  Board meeting packets containing agendas and materials for each meeting can be downloaded online or viewed at Fire Station 19.  The Board typically meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.  There are no scheduled Board meetings in August or December.

  • The Board may, from time to time, cancel a meeting by announcing the cancellation of the meeting at a regular meeting.   The Board may also, with proper notice, call special meetings if the need arises.

Our Mission

To protect the lives, property and environment of Ross, San Anselmo, Sleepy Hollow and Fairfax through education, prevention and community service in a professional and caring manner that is fair, honest, respectful and ethical.

Contact Us

Ross Valley Fire Department
777 San Anselmo Avenue
San Anselmo, CA 94960 USA
Tel: (415) 258-4686

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