Dan Toepper (2nd on left) and family
I am 58 years old, born and raised in Jefferson County. My grandparents purchased 160 acres of timber and farmland in Port Ludlow in the mid 1930’s, which is still in our family today. Thanks to them, my family has been blessed to thrive in this county for over 80 years and on its fourth generation to be born here.
I grew up in and around agriculture, fishing and the timber industries. All of which are still a huge part of our culture, economy and identity here in Jefferson County. County life back then consisted of chores, school, sports, 4H, Boy Scouts, band and choir; all of which left me with a strong work ethic.
I graduated from Chimacum High School in 1978 with National Honor Society honors.
My wife Robin and I will celebrate our 34th wedding anniversary this year. We have a wonderful family of four adult children and six beautiful grandchildren.
I worked on the Olympic Peninsula in the fishing, timber and construction industries until 1990. In 1990, I joined the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 302 where I’ve worked as an equipment operator for the past 28 years all over Western Washington all the time residing here in Jefferson County.
Joining the Union in 1990 helped me expand my experience and gain training from employers and the Union to work on utilities and infrastructure installation, remediation and shoreline habitat restoration. Some of the most recent projects that I’ve been on are relocating the sewer and pump station in Sequim Bay State Park, Olympic Discovery Trail work through Sequim Bay State Park, culvert replacement and salmon habitat recovery on four creeks in Kitsap County, digging the foundation for the new maintenance building at Fort Worden to name a few.
In June, I completed work on the Hurricane Ridge Road in Olympic National Park installing fiber optic conduits and vaults. I am currently working for a Jefferson County construction contractor installing gravity sewer, 10" water main, service electrical and storm drain in Gig Harbor.
Email Dan at Toepper4PUDcommissioner@gmail.com