February 28, 2000
Peterson was previously Chief of King County Fire District #40 in Renton from 1983-87. His fire service career began in 1972 in Corte Madera, California. From 1987-95, he headed operations for the Santa Rosa (California) Fire Department. After retiring from there, he returned to Washington to take the Northshore job.
Peterson holds several fire service-related certificates and educational qualifications in fire command administration. Peterson said he intends to keep the department running at its current high service level.
"I don't anticipate any major changes in the direction of the department," he said. "I'd like the department to continue to build on our efforts in community outreach programs." In order to accomplish that, he will first have to find a quality D/C of Operations to fill his position.
Peterson lives in Bothell with his wife Dorthea and their two daughters, who attend school in Kenmore. He said they enjoy their daughters' sporting events, traveling, boating, fishing, and frequent trips to their Orcas Island property.