Our Staff

Jerry Clarke, Al Cairns, Tracy Kier, Craig Schrader
Jerry Clarke, Al Cairns, Tracy Kier, Craig Schrader & Glenn Gately

 Al Cairns

District Manager

  Water quality has been the common thread in Al’s varied career path. 

As a licensed Merchant Marine Engineer he spent nearly twenty years operating shipboard machinery in ways that kept marine waters safe from pollutants.  As Jefferson County’s Solid Waste Coordinator he ensured that operations were consistent with environmental protection as the highest priority.  And as the Port of Port Townsend’s Environmental Compliance Officer he worked with Port personnel and marine trade tenants at the Boat Haven to create a culture of resource stewardship that worked together to protect Port Townsend Bay from pollutants created in the repair of boats.

Al couldn’t be happier to now work with farmers and foresters toward the better stewardship of our commons.


Jerry Clarke 

Forestry and CREP Specialist

Jerry is an official Northwest native, starting out as just a sprout in Oregon roaming the forested hills and combing the sandy ocean shores. Branching out to Washington, after OSU, he started establishing roots as a forester with a background in timber cruising, silviculture, timber harvesting, land and timber valuation, management, and sales. Joining the Conservation District in 2008, he still enjoys growing trees and shrubs, long walks in the woods, and being a useful resource to staff, friends, and local landowners. jclarke@jeffersoncd.org

Glenn Gately

Water Quality and Fish Habitat Specialist

Glenn is a Fishery Biologist who has specialized in water quality and salmon habitat for all of his career, including 10 years with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and over 20 years with the Conservation District. His experience includes running a water quality laboratory, fish contaminant reporting, acid rain research, and salmonid habitat improvement projects. Glenn likes seeing and reporting on the District’s projects that are improving water quality and salmonid habitat in the streams of Jefferson County. In his spare time, he likes cutting, splitting, and burning wood; helping his wife Linda with her garden; doing a little hiking and canoeing; and reading the Bible. gately@jeffersoncd.org

Tracy Kier 

Manager of Office & Financials

Tracy grew up in the beautiful daffodil valley of Sumner, Washington. Immediately following high school, she obtained a Paralegal certificate, and has focused the past 35 years on general-practice law and special purpose district, city fire, and fire authority administration. She has extensive legal research and technical writing experience, along with an extensive background in contract management, financial management, curriculum research and development, Washington State Budget and Reporting Systems application, and governing-body support. Tracy’s happiest times are spent with her husband, children, grandchildren, family, and friends. Her passion is being “Grandma” to her 13 grandchildren. tkier@jeffersoncd.org

Craig Schrader 

Farm Conservation Planner

Craig grew up on a dairy farm in southern Minnesota. He received a BS in Soil Science from the University of Minnesota. After graduation he went to work at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris MN for three years working on soil and agronomy projects. He then returned to the U of M Soil Science Department to pursue a Master’s Degree which also lead to a PhD in Soils with an emphasis in Agricultural Climatology and Soil Physics. Craig has lived in Jefferson County since 2001. He worked seasonally for WDFW at Point Whitney from 2002-2004 and at Jefferson County Environmental Health from 2004-2005. He also worked at the University of Minnesota Extension Service as a Regional Extension Educator from 2006-2009. Craig has been a WSU-Beach Watcher since 2010 often volunteering with WDFW for shellfish planting. In his spare time he and his partner Shawna enjoy exploring the Olympic Peninsula, hiking and camping. craig@jeffersoncd.org