Tribal Administration

The Swinomish Tribal Community has an extensive governmental infrastructure that assists and implements the goals, policies, programs, and laws of the Swinomish Senate, the Tribe's governing body. The Tribal Chairman supervises and works with the Tribe's General Manager Allan Olson to oversee eight Departments and six Tribal Boards and Commissions.

Directors administer each tribal programs in conjunction with a Senate Committee, Board or Commission that provides policy and guidance in that particular administrative function. To contact the director of a particular department or program, see our Contact page.

Departments and their directors and respective committees include:
Accounting - Merril Burke - Budget Committee
Office of Tribal Attorney - Legal Committee
Police Department - Law and Order Committee
Planning and Community Development - Ed Knight -  Planning Commission
Land Management - Elissa Kalla - Environmental and Lands Committee
Environmental Protection - Todd Mitchell - Environmental and Lands Committee
Social Services - John Stephens - Health Education and Social Services Committee
Public Works - Bill Critz - Buildings and Facilities Committee
Tribal Court - Chief Judge Mark Pouley - Law and Order Committee
Human Resources - Alethia Edwards - Personnel Committee

Boards and Commissions and their directors (some have more than one program director) include:
Swinomish Housing Authority - John Petrich - Housing
Fish and Game Commission - Lorraine Loomis - Fisheries
Fish and Game Commission - Todd Wilbur - Hunting
Swinomish Gaming Commission - Glen Edwards - Gaming Regulation
Gaming Business Committee - Ron Edwards - Northern Lights Casino
Swinomish Utility Authority - John Petrich - Utilities
Swinomish Development Authority - Economic Development
Swinomish Development Authority - Marie Murray - Northern Lights Chevron Station
Swinomish Development Authority - Brian Wilbur - Swinomish Fish Company

Tribal Administration


General Reception
Phone (360) 466.3163