Meet Jim McEntire
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 voted to cut the County’s sales tax. This action directly helps working family budgets, and reduces the economic burden on our community.
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, once the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and several other awards.
Jim is a leader in our local community, having served 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.
Married to the former Sherry G. Seal, a retired social worker.
Three grown children and seven grandchildren, plus two wonderful collies.
Chairman, Northwest Peninsula Committee, Friends of the National Rifle Association.
Past Member, Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of the Olympic Peninsula.
Member and President, Sequim Sunrise Rotary.
Member, U.S. Naval Institute.
Member, Sons of the American Revolution.
Past president and Member, Peninsula Rifle and Pistol Club.
Member, National Rifle 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.
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.
US Department of Labor
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget and Strategy
Us Department of Transportation
Senior Analyst in the Departmental Budget Office, covering performance and budget issues for the entire department
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.
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.
Two awards, Legion of Merit
Three awards, Meritoriouse Service Medal
Three awards, Coast Guard Achievment Medal
Cutterman and Command at Sea Insignias
Other Operational Unit Awards
Secretary of Transportation's Silver Medal for Excellence in a position of great responsibility
Clarke County, public schools; Eagle Scout; Army Junior ROTC.
Bachelor of Science, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut.
Master of Public Administration, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Secretary of Defense Strategic Studies Group, Arlington, Virginia.