Occupation: Lieutenant, Portland Bureau of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services

Occupational Background: Volunteer Firefighter, Tualatin Rural Fire Protection District; Professional Firefighter, Clackamas County Fire District #54; Communication and Security Business Experience

Educational Background: Eastern Oregon University, Fire Service Administration Program; Portland Community College, AAS degree in Fire Protection Technology; Department of Public Safety Standard & Training Advance & Basic Fire Institute/Administrators Certificate;

Governmental Experience: Washington County Department of Aging and Veteran’s Council/Nutrition Study group


Gordon Hovies has been a resident of the area served by the TVF&R for over 35 years and a graduate of the Tigard public school system. He’s made countless community contributions, and shares your concerns about TVF&R. Gordon is a Lieutenant with 23 years fire service experience. With this knowledge, experience and commitment, Gordon will bring a new perspective to help improve existing objectives that already is provided by TVF&R with new ideas to better extend the quality of service to the citizens.

As a fire board member Gordon will work diligently to ensure that Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue:

  • Will always promote financial responsibility and prudence - It’s YOUR tax dollar!
  • Will continue to improve staffing efficiency to ensure adequate personnel at emergencies
  • Will continue to keep up with the latest trends in fire fighting technology and training
  • Will update the master plan to ensure that we are continuing to meet communities needs

As A Private Citizen, I’ve fought to make my voice heard, And it has been. Here’s a list of my recommendations that have been implemented:

  • Better Staffing of Fire Apparatus
  • Improve Station location and response times
  • Work for Supplemental funding for the budget because of Measure 50
  • Continue Consolidation and Coordination with other Fire Departments and Municipal entities

Top Quality Fire Service is Important to Everyone,

In order to achieve this Goal I need your Vote

(This information furnished by Gordon L. Hovies)


Occupation: Purchasing Agent, Washington Group International

Occupational Background: Stationary Engineer, Morrison-Knudsen Corp. & Tektronix.

Educational Background: Oregon St, Portland St. PCC.

Prior Governmental Experience: Current President of the Board, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVF&R). 17 years as either a director or budget committee member. 911 director for 4 years. Tigard Water District, Commissioner or budget committee for 5 years.

Community Service:
Leader, Boy Scouts of America, 10 years
Soccer & Basketball Coach, 5 years

Public Safety

Bob Wyffels lead the way in developing and annually upgrading the “Strategic Plan.” In 1999 TVF&R was selected “Best Fire District in the World” for Customer Service. TVF&R became the 28th department in the world earning accreditation by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International in 2000.

Endorsed by: Mayors of the District:

Rob Drake, Beaverton. Jim Griffith, Tigard. Mark Cottle, Sherwood. Jerry Schirado, Durham. Larry Barrett, Rivergrove. Lou Ogden, Tualatin. Charlotte Lehan, Wilsonville. John Williams, Jr., Oregon City. Jill Thorn, former Mayor of West Linn. Jan Drangsholt, King City.

Financial Responsibility

Bob Wyffels concerns as a tax payer have lead him to become a public servant. He is focused on adapting the best of private industry to make TVF&R more efficient. Bob will continue to make decisions to maximize your tax dollars.

Endorsed by:

Dee Burch, West Linn. Sue Lamb, Tualatin. Walt Hitchcock, former Mayor of Sherwood. Ken Scheckla, Tigard. Richard A. Carlson, Tigard-Tualatin School District. Elsie J. Stuhr. Forrest Soth & Cathy Stanton, Beaverton.

Proven leadership

Bob Wyffels has the knowledge, skills, and experience as a director. This has enabled him to become a leader in solving local & regional issues, making your community a safer place to live and work.

Endorsed by:

Tom Hartung, State Senator. Mary Alice Ford. Francine Raften-Schmidt. Harry Bodine. Jim Spinden, Washington County Sheriff. Paul Phillips. John J. Leeper, Washington County Commissioner. Tualatin Valley Firefighters, Local 1660.

I ask for your support!


Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue,
Board of Directors, Position #1

(This information furnished by Bob Wyffels)