Patrick Hanis has served as a Commissioner of the District since February 2004, and has lived in the District since 1983.
Patrick's association with the District began after he graduated from Kentwood High School in 1991. While attending college, Patrick worked for the District reading water meters, flushing water mains, painting fire hydrants, and maintaining wells, among other duties. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1998 and then from Gonzaga University of Law in 2001. He has been married to Sarah since 1995, and they have five children.
Patrick is a partner with the Kent law firm of Hanis Irvine Prothero, PLLC. His practice concentrates on estate planning, probate/trusts, and real estate matters. Patrick enjoys being involved in the community. He left college for two years to serve as a missionary for his church, learning the Portuguese language, and served as a law clerk for the Washington State Attorney General's Office while attending law school.
He has been involved with Boy Scouts (earned Eagle Scout in 1990), Kiwanis, Gonzaga Law School Board of Advisors, Covington Chamber of Commerce, South King County Bar Association and the Washington State Association of Water and Sewer Districts.
Gary G Cline
Gary G Cline
Commissioner Gary Cline was first elected to the Board of Commissioners of Water District # 111 in November 1973 and has served in that capacity since that first election. Gary has been a resident of the Kent community since 1964 while raising a family of three children with his wife, Irene.
Gary is a graduate of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington where he received his BA degree in Psychology with teaching minors in English and History. He taught English at Meridian Jr. High and Kentridge High School. He completed his Masters Degree requirements in Educational Administration and served as Principal at Meridian Junior High and Mattson Junior High until his retirement.
During his tenure as a Commissioner in Water District # 111, Gary has been active in the South King County Regional Water Association and participated in the original agreement of Tacoma's Pipeline 5 project to bring water to Covington, the City of Kent, Water District # 111, Federal Way and Tacoma. He has served as the Administrator to the South King County Regional Water Association, chaired the South King County Ground Water Management Committee that developed the South King County Ground Water Management Plan designed to protect and preserve the ground water throughout the local region, served on the Board of Directors of the Washington Association of Water and Sewer Districts and as President of that Association in 1993 and 2007. Gary currently chairs the King County Section IV of the Association. In 2007, Gary successfully ran for commissioner of Soos Creek Water and Sewer District which shares many customers with Water District No. 111.
Commissioner Cline is also active in the community as a member of the Kiwanis Club of Meridian and serves as that clubs representative to the Board of Directors of the Kent Food Bank. Commissioner Cline has chaired the Annual Kent Food Bank Board of Directors Fund Raising Breakfast for the past five years in events that have raised in excess of $30,000 dollars for the food bank.
Our prior commissioners
Charley, has served on the Water District #111 Board of Commissioners since 1976. He and his wife, Fran, have been married for 64 years and have lived in the Lake Meridian area for 50 years.
Charley graduated from the University of Washington in 1947 with a BA degree in Economics and came to the Kent School District in 1950. He was a principal of Kent Jr. and Sequoia Jr High. Charley has been successfully retired for 30 years and "plays at golfing" every Wednesday and Saturday, at a minimum.
He has at one point in his career, served on the Board of the Washington State Association of Sewer and Water Districts and still remains active in their section meetings, and represents the District on the South King County Regional Water Association board of directors.