Steve McLaughlin’s Unique Qualities
I’ve been connected to the land and sea my entire life, and after traveling the world, there is no place I would rather live. I am a lifelong conservationist, mountain climber, and avid outdoorsman.
Our public trust lands and the 1,800 employees and nearly 20,000 private sector jobs the DNR timber harvests produce need experienced, balanced leadership. I want to manage our lands so my grandchildren can have the benefit of experiencing what I have during my life here.
A career in military service will teach you a few things – loyalty, honesty, service, tolerance and tenacity. As a naval officer, I’ve worked with the most diverse group of people there is, and find value in everyone. After retiring, I’ve focused on teaching incident command to first responders, protecting critical infrastructure through coordinated efforts across multi-jurisdictions. I know firsthand how to lead large, diverse organizations and bring the best out in people. I’m uniquely prepared to be your next Commissioner of Public Lands and want to get on with the business of working with the good people at DNR, use science to guide our decisions and work in collaboration with the people who have a stake and dependency on our public trust lands. I would appreciate your vote. Thank you.
► I have faithfully served my country with distinction for 25 years in the United States Navy
► I have been a defense contractor and a FEMA Incident Management Instructor for the past 10 years
► I led efforts to permanently preserve the last remaining old-growth forest in Northern Puget Sound, with 1,400 year old trees
► I drafted the Kosovo Peacekeeping plan for Gen. Wesley Clark
► I led reconstruction efforts for the Okanogan community that suffered a catastrophic wildfire
► I have taught thousands of Washington State firefighters, police, and other first-responders
► I started and led three organizations to serve others:
1) to help prevent suicide among veterans,
2) to provide relief to communities hit by natural disasters,
3) to get citizens engaged to be involved in the governmental process by setting the example