Commissioner Profiles

The Harbor District is governed by five elected commissioners with staggered four-year terms. Commissioner elections occur as a part of the November General Election in odd years. The five Harbor District Commission Divisions share the same boundary lines as the Humboldt County Supervisorial Districts (see map).

To carry out the Harbor District's operations, the Board of Commissioners relies on a staff of full-time employees. Larry Oetker is the current Executive Director.

Division 1 encompasses southern Eureka, Loleta and the Ferndale area. 
Commissioner Larry Doss
Term: 2015-2024
• Eureka Chamber, 2015 Business Person of the Year
• Managing Real Estate Broker since 2006
• Local Realtor since 1995
• Past President of Old Town Rotary Eureka 2010
• Past Director HFD#1 1995-2003
• Teamster (original sense) since 2003
• Co Operates a Family Ranch for Beef, Pork & Eggs
• Dad and Husband since 1993

Division 2 covers southern Humboldt County including Fortuna, Rio Dell, Garberville and Shelter Cove. 
Commissioner Greg Dale
Term: 2015-2024

• Vice President of the Humboldt County Farm Bureau
• Member of the Eureka Chamber of Commerce
• Past President of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka
• Enjoys family, skiing, hunting and fishing

Division 3 includes the area covered by the City of Arcata, Bayside, Kneeland, Freshwater and Manila. 
Commissioner Stephen Kullmann
Term: 2017-2022
• Blue Lake Rancheria Community Development and Resilience Director
• Former Wiyot Tribe Natural Resources Director
• Former Blue Lake City Council Member
• Certified Wilderness First Responder and Swiftwater Rescue
• Former HWMA and RCEA Board member
• Enjoys most activities involving being either in or under the water or climbing rocks

Division 4 includes the majority of the City of Eureka
Commissioner Richard Marks
(707) 496-9043
Term: 2013-2022

• Regional Compliance Manager for Construction Industry Force Account Council
• Director for North Coast Rail Authority
• President Mad River Softball Association
• Owner Marks Consulting
• Enjoys all sports

Division 5 extends from McKinleyville north to the county line and northeast Humboldt County
Commissioner Patrick Higgins
Term: 2015-2024

• Profession: Consulting Fisheries Biologist
• American Fisheries Society
• Salmonid Restoration Federation
• Redwood Forest Foundation, Humboldt Group
• Redwood Community Action Agency Board (1982-1994), Chairman (1986-1994)
• Eureka Bicycle Committee (1978-1980), Chairman
• Enjoys fishing, swimming, bicycling, hiking and travel