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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
Special District

Santa Ynez River Water Conservation DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Improvement District 1

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R. Brad Joos

Retired Fire Chief
3,241 votes (63.84%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Providing Clean, Affordable, and Sustainable water for the Santa Ynez Valley
  • Protecting the Water Rights of the Santa Ynez Valley
  • Being available to all citizens of the Valley to hear and respond to their water needs



Profession:Retired Fire Chief for Los Padres National Forest
Trustee of ID1, At Large, Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District, Improvement District No. 1 — Elected position (2014–current)
Fire Management Officer, Los Padres National Forest (1998–2010)
Forester/Fire Management Officer, Tahoe National Forest (1980–1998)
Captian (Helicopter Search/Rescue/Fire Suppression), Sequoia National Forest (1977–1980)


Colorado State University Master of Science level classes, Regional Resource Planning (1976)
Cal Poly State University at San Luis Obispo Bachelor of Science, Natural Resources Management (1975)

Community Activities

Member, Ranch Church of Santa Ynez Valley (2013–current)
Interagency Incident Management Team (Air Operations Branch Director), Tahoe National Forest and Los Padres National Forest (1980–current)
Founder/Volunteer, Sierra Brooks Volunteer Fire Department (1991–1998)
Little League Coach, Little League Baseball (1991–1997)


My family and I moved to Santa Ynez in 1998. 

Over the last 20 years, my wife and I raised our son and daughter and watched them graduate from local schools. We have been active citizens in the valley, supporting and protecting the rural live style that brought us to the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. 

For the past 4 years I have served as a Trustee of ID#1.

I graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, with a degree in Natural Resources Management.  I also completed graduate studies toward a M.S. in Regional Resource Planning from Colorado State University

With this education I became a Forester for the US National Forest Service, serving on 3 national forests.  As a Forester/Fire Management Officer for over 35 years I managed thousands of acres of forested lands.  Watershed management was a primary concern in all management plans that I developed through the National Environment Protection Act (NEPA) directions and guidelines.

As a Fire Management Officer, I managed a large national fire suppression organization ranging from 100 to 400 employees, 30 fire engines, 4 helicopters, 3 hotshot crews, 1 air tanker base, 2 fire dozers.

During my career, I participated on several Interagency Incident Management Teams.  The Teams managed emergency incidents throughout the country from floods, wildfires and other natural disasters.  My position as Air Operations Branch Director required me to coordinate all aviation assests (Helicopters/Air Tankers/Recon Planes) and air bases.

I've also had the experience of one full term on the ID#1 Water Board learning the complex inner workings of managing a rural water district.  This experience has taught me that it is more than digging wells and laying pipe.  The legal issues are complex and critical to management and protection of our Valley's water rights for the benefit of the customers and the future of the Valley. 

Water is the life blood of Our beautiful Valley and without it, our quaint communities will lose the rural life style that brought us all here.


Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My political philosophy is:

1. Follow the Constitution of the United States

2. Protect the Rights of the citizens

3. Treat all citizens equally and with respect

4. Protect the Water Rights of our Valley


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