Members: Geologist Licensing Board

Board members

  • Robert Mitchell, Hydrogeologist — Chair
    Bellingham, WA 99225
    Term expires May 1, 2018
  • Dave Norman, State Geologist/Engineering Geologist/Hydrogeologist — Vice Chair
    Olympia, WA 98504-7007­
    Term: Ex-officio
  • William D. Ernst, Geologist — Secretary
    Lakewood, WA 98496-3184­
    Term expires May 1, 2016
  • Gene St. Godard, Hydrogeologist
    Spokane WA 99228
    Term expires May 1, 2016
  • Brian Beaman, Hydrogeologist/Engineering Geologist
    Carnation, WA 98014
    Term expires May 1, 2017
  • Greg Wessel, Engineering Geologist
    Vashon, WA 98070
    Term expires May 1, 2019
  • Sandy Letzing, Public Member
    Wenatchee, WA 98801
    Term expires May 1, 2018

What does the board do?

  • Examines and license geologists within WA.
  • Investigates violations of state regulations related to the practice of geology.
  • Recommends rules and regulations for administering licensing and regulatory laws.

Who’s on the board?

There are 7 members, all are WA 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).

What are the responsibilities of board members?

  • Provide professional knowledge to improve services 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 about 8 hours a month on board business.

How are board members appointed?

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

See RCW 18.220.030: Geologist licensing board.

Are board members paid?

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

Questions? Need help?

To contact board members, email: geologist@dol.wa.gov.

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