Members: Geologist Licensing Board

Interested in serving the Geologist Licensing Board?

The board is currently accepting applications for a public member. To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a Washington resident, and
  • Not have a family or business connection with the practice of geology.

If you’re interested in serving as the board’s public member, send a letter of interest, resume, and 3 references by email: For questions, you may email or call 360.664.1567.

What does the board do?

It provides consumer protection to the public through the licensing of geologists.

Who’s on the board?

There are 7 members, all are Washington residents:

  • 5 licensed geologists, 2 must be licensed in a specialty of geology (Engineering Geologist, Hydrogeologist).
  • 1 from the general public with no family or business connection with the practice of geology.
  • Department of Natural Resources’ Supervisor of Geology (ex-officio member).

How are board members appointed?

They’re appointed by the Dept of Licensing Director. Members serve 4 years, which are staggered so no more than 2 appointments are made in any calendar year.

See RCW 18.220.030: Geologist Licensing Board.

What are the responsibilities of board members?

  • Provide professional knowledge to improve the services provided to geologists and the public.
  • Attend all board meetings. They usually meet 4 times a year. Meeting dates, times, and locations are decided by the board and administrative staff.
  • Spend approximately 8 hours a month on board business.

Are board members paid?

Yes, $50 per day for attending meetings and board business done outside of meetings. Also, reimbursed for certain expenses related to traveling to and from board meetings.

Board members

  • Brian Beaman, Hydrogeologist/Engineering Geologist — Chair
    Carnation, WA 98014
    Term expires May 1, 2017
  • Robert Mitchell, Hydrogeologist — Vice Chair
    Bellingham, WA 99225
    Term expires May 1, 2018
  • William T. Laprade, Engineering Geologist — Secretary
    Seattle WA 98103
    Term expires May 1, 2015
  • William D. Ernst, Geologist
    Lakewood, WA 98496-3184
    Term expires May 1, 2016
  • Dave Norman, State Geologist/Engineering Geologist/Hydrogeologist
    Olympia, WA 98504-7007
    Term: Ex-officio
  • Gene St. Godard, Hydrogeologist
    Spokane WA 99228
    Term expires May 1, 2016
  • Sandy Letzing, Public Member
    Wenatchee, WA 98801
    Term expires May 1, 2018

Contact information

To contact board members, please email

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