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Keith Larkin was born and raised in a small Northern California mountain community. The primary industry was timber logging, his grandparents owned Larkin’s Store (Ben Franklin Variety Store) and his Dad served on the Volunteer Fire Department. Hunting, fishing, boating, hiking, and camping were his primary entertainment as a youth.
Keith purchased property in Sequim in 2014 and moved to Sequim after completing a 41-year career in the Fire Service with the CA Dept of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE). His CALFIRE career included 23 years serving in Supervisory, Management, and Executive Management level positions and as a Senior Executive - Deputy Director Northern Region. The Northern Region territory is bordered by Sacramento (South), Oregon (North), Nevada (East), and the Pacific Ocean (West).
Some of Keith’s most notable and challenging positions during his career included: Division Chief - Administrator at a 110-man inmate Conservation Camp in cooperation with CA Department of Corrections, $8 million budget; Department Training Chief -Academy Administrator 320 acre Training Center for 5000 employees, $10 million budget; Fire Chief Fresno-Kings Unit/Fresno County Fire Protection District, 2 counties, 2600 square mile district, 23 fire stations, 7 Member Board of Directors, total $30 million budget; Deputy Director Northern Region, 12 Executive Managers, 4 Incident Management Teams, 22 counties, 129 fire stations, 195 fire engines, 10 airtankers, 6 helicopters, 102 inmate fire crews. Keith served on Major Incident Management Teams throughout his career assigned to some of the largest wildland incidents in CA history. He also held positions on statewide and local boards including CALFIRE Senior Executive Council, CALEMA FIRESCOPE Board of Directors, Fire Districts Association of California, State Board of Fire Services, OHS Public Safety Approval Authority, and Fire Agencies Insurance Risk Authority.
Keith retired from CALFIRE in 2015 and completed building his home as an owner builder in May 2018. With completion of his home, he decided it was time to contribute his experience, skills, and time to the community by seeking appointment to the Sequim City Council. Keith was appointed to the City Council in October 2020 and currently serves on the Clallam County Solid Waste Advisory Committee, the North Olympic Development Council, the Clallam County Law & Justice Council and alternate on the Clallam County Economic Development Council.
Keith said, “My priorities for Sequim are to promote manageable growth including affordable housing, be a good steward of the taxpayer’s dollar, foster and sustain small business, bolster public safety, enhance the development of our youth, maintain the small-town appeal, and promote visitors/tourism to our City”.