Board of Directors – Position 2 Vacancy

Kennewick Irrigation District Director Patrick McGuire has decided to retire from the Board after over eight years of dedicated service to the District.  The Benton County Board of Commissioners will be asked to appoint an interim Director position 2 to fill the vacancy left by his departure.

The person appointed to this position will serve though the end of 2017 and may run in the annual irrigation district election to be held on December 2, 2017.  The person elected in the 2017 election will take office on the first Tuesday in January 2018 and serve for the remaining year (2018) of the unexpired term.

RCW 87.03.045 addresses qualifications of irrigation district electors and directors in Washington State.  Kennewick Irrigation District Directors must be eighteen years old, a citizen of the United States and a resident of Washington.  They must be electors of the District and hold title or evidence of title to land in the District.

A printable application for consideration for appointment is below or may be picked up from the District Office located at 2015 S. Ely St in Kennewick.

To be considered for appointment, interested persons must submit an application no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

If you have any questions or would like to request an application be mailed to you, please call the KID Office at 509-586-9111.



Directors are elected by the District’s ratepayers to serve three-year terms. Any qualified District elector may run to serve a three-year term as one of the five members of the Kennewick Irrigation District Board of Directors. The terms are staggered so that at least one position is up for election each year.

Gene Huffman


Mr. Huffman has an educational background in Agriculture and has owned and operated a farm raising alfalfa, apples and onions. He worked as an electrical troubleshooter and service manager dealing with all phases of irrigation from design to implementation, as a heavy-duty mechanic and as a realtor. He served 20 years on a rural school board. Mr. Huffman is President of the Board and chairs the Realty Committee.
Dean Dennis

Vice President

Mr. Dennis is a long time resident of the Tri-Cities and has been elected to return to the position of KID Director. Previously, he served on the Board briefly in 2012 by appointment of the Benton County Board of Commissioners. He is the Vice President of the Board, chairs the Operations and Engineering Committee and serves on the Realty Committee.
Kirk Rathbun

Mr. Rathbun is a farmer raising alfalfa hay, timothy hay, potatoes, and other rotation crops. He is also a land developer and water purveyor in Benton County. Mr. Rathbun chairs the Finance Committee.
David McKenzie

Mr. McKenzie owned and operated a John Deere dealership. He now manages his family farm raising cherries, grapes, hay and cattle. Mr. McKenzie is a past President of the Board and serves on the Operations and Engineering Committee.