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:
Virginia Bass, 4th District County Supervisor (Chair)
Michelle Bushnell, 2nd District County Supervisor

City Members:
Stephen Avis, City of Ferndale
Mike Losey, City of Fortuna

District Members:
Troy Nicolini, Peninsula Community Services District
Debra Lake, Fruitland Ridge Fire Protection District (Vice Chair)

Public Member:
Ali Lee

Alternate Members:
Mike Wilson, 3rd District County Supervisor
Gordon Johnson, City of Rio Dell
Heidi Benzonelli, Humboldt CSD
Vacant, Public Member

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