Serving the cities of Yelm, Rainier, and surrounding unincorporated areas.
(360) 458-2799


Commissioner Jonathan A Sprouffske, Chair

JonathanSprouffske-bioSub Region 1, Position 1 | Elected: 2007 | Term Through: 2019


Occupation: Attorney and Shareholder at Connolly Tacon & Meserve, P.S., Christmas Tree Farmer at Sprouffske Trees, Inc.

Education: Saint Martin’s College, B.A. with honors, Business Administration, B.A. with honors, Theatre Arts, Seattle University School of Law, Juris Doctorate


Community Involvement:

  • 2014 Member of the Bylaws and Resolutions Committee –
  • Washington State Fire Commissioners Association
  • 2013-2014 President-Elect of Gateway Rotary Club
  • 2011 Charter Member of Gateway Rotary Club – Thurston County
  • 2010-Present Member of Rotary International
  • 2007-Present Team Captain of Connolly’s Crew Relay for Life Team (Ranked #31 in the nation out of more than 250,000 teams in 2013)
  • 1999-2007 Volunteer Firefighter/EMT – SE Thurston Fire and EMS


  • 2009 – 2013 Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation – Washington State Bar
  • 2012 Graduate of Distinction – Rainier High School, 2010 – Sword of Hope Award – American Cancer Society
  • 2008 Board Member of the Year – Saint Martin’s Alumni Association
  • 2008 40 under 40 – The Business Examiner
  • 2007 National Member – The Order of Barristers
  • 2004 Volunteer of the Year – Saint Martin’s Alumni Association

Jonathan has lived in Thurston County since 1982. He has been married to his wife Shelley Sprouffske since 2007. Together they have three children, Thomas, John Paul & Alexander. When he’s not working or volunteering, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his family, participating with the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life, taking his sons geocaching, and visiting Washington State Parks.

Personal quote: “My focus for the department has been to continue to make the department more efficient during these tough economic times. I feel honored to serve in this position and give back to the community that provided me so much support growing up.”

Commissioner Steven Slater, Vice Chair

slaterSub Region 3, Position 2 | Elected: 2005 | Term Through: 2017


Occupation: Deputy Fire Chief-Bald Hills Fire Department #17

Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Associates of Fire command Administration, Blue Card certified Incident Command, Fire Officer 2, Instructor 2, Public Information Officer, Incident Safety Officer, Emergency Medical Technician

Community Involvement:

  • Member St. Columban Catholic Church
  • Life Member Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Life member National Rifle Association
  • Test Control Officer
  • Senior Evaluator for firefighter testing and certification
  • President, Thurston County Fire Commissioners Association, 2014 to present.

Steve has lived in Thurston County for 16 years. He has been married to his wife Chong for 34 years. Together they have two children and five grandchildren. When he’s not working or volunteering, Steve enjoys outdoor adventures, fishing, hunting, clamming, home repairs/handyman activities, and honing his shooting/marksmanship skills.

Personal quote: “I have enjoyed serving the fire service for over 37 years, including 20 years retiring as a USAF Firefighter”

Commissioner Dave Shepherd

Dave-ShepherdSub Region 1, Position 2 | Appointed: 2010 | Elected: 2011 | Term Through: 2017


Commissioner Stewart Kunkel

Stewart-KunkelSub Region 2, Position 1 | Elected: 2007 | Term Through: 2019


Occupation(s): Fire Fighter for City of Renton, Breathing Air Compressor Mechanic, Owner of Junkel’s Welding

Education: Mercer Island High School, Bellevue College

Community Involvement: Prairie Baptist Fellowship


Stewart has lived in Thurston County for nine years. He has been married to his wife Kimberly for 27 years and together they have four children. When he’s not working or volunteering, Stewart enjoys restoring tractors, trucks, cars and equipment, and woodworking.

Personal Quote:Our response time is the lowest we have ever seen in our community. SETFA is a hard working and caring organization that does a lot with a little.

Commissioner Jeff Dehan

jeff-dehan-bio-photoSub Region 2, Position 2 | Appointed: 2015 | Term Through: n/a

Email: Coming soon!
Occupation(s): Coming soon!
Education: Coming soon!
Community Involvement: Coming soon!

Personal Quote: Coming soon!

Commissioner Kevin Rademacher

kevin-rademacher-bio-photoSub Region 3, Position 1 | Elected: 2016 | Term Through: 2020

Email: Coming soon!
Occupation(s): Coming soon!
Education: Coming soon!
Community Involvement: Coming soon!

Kevin Rademacher has been in the fire service since 1988, first as a volunteer in high school, then as an Air Force Firefighter serving proudly in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and finally as a professional firefighter. In between his extensive fire experience and his local small business experience, Rademacher has the tools to work with the current Board of Commissioners to best serve the people of the Yelm community and make SETFA the strongest fire department possible.

Rademacher’s main focus will be to continue the Board’s work in lowering the ISO rating to help taxpayers to save money on insurance. In addition, he would like to examine possible solutions to reopen the Lawrence Lake Station without reducing service in other areas.

Personal Quote: Coming soon!