Board of Directors


The Pajaro Valley Fire Protection District is governed by a five member board elected by a simple majority vote. Board members serve 4 year terms with an option to run again.

Strategic Plan

Board Meeting Schedule

The Pajaro Valley Fire board meets every two months, typically on the third Tuesday of the month. Meetings are held at the Pajaro Valley Fire Station 562 Casserly Rd. Watsonville, CA 95076 commencing at 5:00 P.M.

Videoconference Meetings 

Current meeting agendas will provide information on how to attend meetings via videoconference.  If you need additional information, please contact the District at (831) 722-6188.

The following is a list of dates for meetings for the 2024 calendar year. Some dates may be adjusted.

  • January 11, 2024 Special Board Meeting
  • January 18, 2024
  • March 19, 2024
  • May 14, 2024 *2nd Tuesday  
  • July 16, 2024
  • September 17, 2024
  • November 19, 2024

Below is a list of the current members serving on the Pajaro Valley Fire Board for 2024.

Dave Martone, Chair
First Elected: 2008 Term 2020-2024

Aerin Murphy, Vice-Chair
First Elected: 2020 Term 2020-2024

Robert Erbe, Director
First Elected: 2018 Term 2020-2024

Ashley Moules, Director
First Elected: 2024 Term 2024

John Sampson, Director
First Elected: 2022 Term 2022-2026

Fire Protection & Emergency Response Services Assessment 

Ballot Tabulation Results

March 19, 2024

On behalf of Pajaro Valley Fire Protection District Board of Directors, I would like to thank our Staff and firefighters, CAL FIRE Local 2881 and residents that helped in the 218 Benefit Assessment process.

Unfortunately, we did not receive the needed votes for this assessment to pass. As a result, your local fire engine at the Pajaro Valley Fire Station will drop to two-person daily staffing starting July 1, 2024. 

This will result in delayed action at fire incidents due to industry safety standards as well as decreased efficiency at the scene of medical or rescue type incident due to the complexity of those calls and the tasks that must be completed in a safe manner. Despite this decreased staffing, we assure you that our Pajaro Valley Firefighters have always, and will always, continue to do the best that they can with the staffing that is available to successfully mitigate emergency calls for service within the district.

While we, as a Board, feel that the 218 Benefit Assessment is a fair and objective means of asking residents to pay their fair share, the majority of property owners felt otherwise.  In my view, a small home on a modest lot should pay less than a large commercial structure on acreage. We tried to get the word out regarding Prop 218 Benefit Assessment with press releases, zoom meetings and in person public meetings, unfortunately it failed. 

The Pajaro Valley Fire District Board will continue to explore all possible funding avenues to ensure an adequate emergency response to calls for service within the district.

Dave Martone, Board Chair

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Pajaro Valley Fire Station
562 Casserly Rd
Watsonville, CA 95076
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