On September 15, Bob Crowe was appointed to fill the vacant position on the Board of Commissioners for Kittitas County Public Hospital District No. 1. This five-member governing body oversees the operations of the public hospital district that covers Lower Kittitas County and does business as Kittitas Valley Healthcare. Bob was sworn into office on September 22.
The KVH Board of Commissioners solicited letters of interest following the resignation of Pam Wilson in late July. There were twelve applicants for the position.
The Board conducted a thorough self-assessment to identify its current strengths and weaknesses. The results of the assessment suggested the Board look for candidates with experience or community connections in the areas of finance, agriculture, and philanthropy. Four candidates who had exceptional strength in these areas participated in interviews.
“We believe that Bob Crowe will be an excellent complement to the existing members Board and will bring prudent judgment to his new role,” said Liahna Armstrong, KVH Board President. “He has experience in a number of areas, and a strong connection to KVH through his volunteer work as a member of the KVH Finance Committee over the past five years.” The decision to select Bob Crowe as the appointee was unanimous.
After moving from Woodinville to Easton in 1994, Bob finally settled in Ellensburg in 1999. He has been a member of the KVH Finance Committee since 2011 and has more than 20 years of experience as a certified public accountant. Bob recently retired from the Department of Natural Resources, where he spent 19 years as an assistant regional manager. He is the founding trustee and CEO for the Community Foundation of Kittitas County, which was established in 2014. He is also a member of the Ellensburg Rodeo Board of Directors and the Ellensburg Downtown Rotary Club. In his spare time, Bob and his wife Marly enjoy traveling and motorcycling.
Bob will serve on the KVH Board of Commissioners until the November 2017 general election, at which time the position will be publicly elected. He will be eligible to run for the position in the public election if he chooses. The elected candidate will serve a full six-year term, through 2023.