Commissioners and Staff

The Commission is composed of two county supervisorial members appointed by the Board of Supervisors, two city council members appointed by the Mayor City Selection Committee, two special district members appointed through a special district board nomination and election process, and one public member selected by the other six members. Commission members serve four-year terms. There is also one alternate member for each of the four classifications. In addition, the Commission contracts for Executive Officer staffing services to manage the day-to-day operations of the Commission.


County Members:
Michelle Bushnell, 2nd District County Supervisor (Chair)
Steve Madrone, 5th District County Supervisor (Vice-Chair)

City Members:
Mike Losey, City of Fortuna
Steve Ladwig, City of Trinidad

District Members:
Troy Nicolini, Peninsula Community Services District
Debra Lake, Fruitland Ridge Fire Protection District

Public Member:
Ali Lee

Alternate Members:
Mike Wilson, 3rd District County Supervisor
Heidi Benzonelli, Humboldt CSD
Jack West, City of Trinidad
Gordon Johnson, Public Member

Colette Metz Santsche, Executive Officer
George Williamson, Senior Advisor
Krystle Heaney, LAFCo Clerk/Analyst
Ryan Plotz, Legal Counsel