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Board Members

Our district is governed by a 5-member board of directors who are elected by District Residents to serve 4 year terms.

Jim Elliott - President

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Jim Elliott has almost 40 years of local government experience first serving the City of Phoenix, AZ, and then the City of Carlsbad, CA.  In Carlsbad, he served as Deputy City Manager, Administrative Services Director, and Finance Director, among other positions.  During his career Mr. Elliott has been heavily involved in organizational management and leadership, finance and budgeting, information technology, organizational change efforts, and system improvements.  Mr. Elliott also provided leadership on key city projects such as the Carlsbad Seawater Desalination Project where he served as Carlsbad’s team leader and chief negotiator from 2000 through 2010, and as the lead negotiator with key developers to develop a plan for financing the costs of growth.

Although Mr. Elliott has devoted his career to local government, he also brings an understanding of business to the Fire Protection District Board of Directors.  Mr. Elliott has an MBA from the University of California, Irvine, and an undergraduate degree in accounting from Arizona State University.  He also has 13 years experience in the management and leadership of a small Midwestern manufacturing business.  

 Mr. Elliott has lived in the North San Diego County area since 1974.

John Ploetz - Vice President

John Ploetz has lived in the Buena Creek area of the District since 1983.  A graduate of Michigan State University, he is a landscape designer and nurseryman.  A volunteer hike leader for the San Diego Natural History Museum, he has a special interest in the ecology of the chaparral.  Married for 43 years, he is the father of two sons.


Rob Fougner - Director

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Rob Fougner lives in the Elevado neighborhood and has served as a Director of the Vista Fire Protection District for over 14 years.  He also served as District President for four years and is currently Vice President.   He has been a Vista resident for 18 years.  Prior to moving to Vista he served as vice president in a California based network security company protecting large, high value communications.

Daniel Gomez - Director

Director Gomez

Director Daniel T. Gomez was elected to Vista Fire Protection District Board in November of 2020. Mr. Gomez started his fire science career in 1985 as a volunteer firefighter while studying fire science at Chabot College. He was hired by the City of Milpitas Fire Department in 1987. He has been married for 32 years and has three adult children.

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Read Miller - Director

Director Miller is the President of the Vista Fire Protection District. He has lived in the District since 1946, serving 18 years as a Director A graduate of Vista High School, Pomona College, and George Washington University, he has played an active role in the community as president of the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Optimist Club, and Board of Realtors. After service in the Coast Guard, he founded a local real estate firm and a flower farm in Gopher Canyon.