Jim McEntire, former Clallam County Commissioner and Retired Coast Guard Captain has a long record of public service, promoting balanced budgets, economic development and bi-partisanship as a County Commissioner and before that as a Port Commissioner.
As a County Commissioner, Jim’s focus was on economic development: he has never voted to increase the County’s general government tax levy, and recently voted to cut the County’s sales tax. This action directly helps working family budgets, and reduces the economic burden on all of our citizens.
McEntire was a decorated Coast Guard officer, twice earning the Legion of Merit, three times the Meritorious Service Medal, three times the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal and several other awards.
Jim is a leader in our local community, serving on the board of the Boys and Girls Club, volunteering with the Sequim Rotary and serving on several local boards – with an emphasis on economic development. Jim is also active in the retired military community, including being the past president of the region’s Military Officers Association of America.
McEntire and his wife Sherry have three grown children, seven grandchildren and
two collies. Sherry is a retired social worker. Jim enjoys target shooting, Sherry likes riding her horse, and together they can be seen around our community walking their two collies.
● Clarke County, Georgia public schools; Eagle Scout; Army Junior ROTC.
● Bachelor of Science, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut, 1972.
● Master of Public Administration, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. 1988.
● Secretary of Defense Strategic Studies Group, Arlington, Virginia, 1998-1999.
Total Service to the Nation and Clallam County Under an Oath of Office: 40+ years:
Board of Commissioners, Port of Port Angeles, Washington (committee assignments)
● In close cooperation with fellow commissioners, held taxes level during his first two years in office. Helped a local group re-start an idle plywood mill on Port property, leading to the creation of up to 170 family wage jobs in Port Angeles.
● President, Peninsula Development District (Clallam-Jefferson economic development organization).
● Member, Clallam Marine Resources Committee.
● Commissioner, Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative.
● Member, U.S. Coast Guard Area Maritime Security Committee.
United States Coast Guard
● Retired at the rank of Captain (O-6) in 2000. Total service: 32 years; 28 years as a commissioned officer.
● Served in six ships on the east and west coasts, plus Puerto Rico, commanding the last three.
● Military Assistant to the Secretary of Transportation.
● Budget and programs chief in an adverse policy environment, adept prioritization of financial resources enabled the Coast Guard’s continuing effectiveness in search and rescue, and illegal drug and immigration interdiction.
● Chief of Strategy – principal influence on the conclusions of a major interagency policy study on Coast Guard roles and missions for the next 20 years.
● U.S. Department of Transportation – senior analyst in the Departmental Budget Office, covering performance and budget issues for the entire Department.
● U.S. Department of Labor – Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget and Strategic Planning (promoted to the Senior Executive Service in 2003) – managed budget formulation and execution, and strategic planning throughout the department. Instrumental in the Department’s efforts to overhaul and modernize its internal financial and program control procedures, in preparation for the Federal government’s execution of the “Sarbanes-Oxley Act”.
● U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Director of Business Transformation – Managed business transformation plans in collaboration with the Department’s Chief Financial Officer, Chief Human Capital Officer, Chief Information Officer, Chief Procurement Officer, Chief Security Officer, and Chief Administrative Services Officer; as well as senior management officials in the department’s component agencies.
● Retired from government service in 2006. Total service: 6 years.
Decorations and Awards
● Two awards, Legion of Merit.
● Three awards, Meritorious Service Medal.
● Three awards, Coast Guard Commendation Medal
● Coast Guard Achievement Medal.
● Cutterman and Command at Sea insignias.
● Secretary of Transportation Service Badge.
● Other operational unit awards
● Secretary of Transportation’s Silver Medal for excellence in a position of great responsibility.
Personal and Community Involvement
● Married to the former Sherry G. Seal, a retired social worker.
● Three grown children and five grandchildren (so far), plus two wonderful collies.
● Chairman, Northwest Peninsula Committee, Friends of the National Rifle Association.
● Member, National Rifle Association.
● Member, Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of the Olympic Peninsula.
● Member, Rotary Club of Sequim.
● Member, U.S. Naval Institute.
● Member, Navy League of the United States.
● Member, Sons of the American Revolution.
● Past president and Member, Peninsula Rifle and Pistol Club.
● Member, Jefferson County Sportsmen’s Association.
● Past president and Member, Olympic Peninsula Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America.
● Past member, Board of Directors of the Port Angeles Farmers Market.