Fire Board Information

Regular Board meetings are scheduled for the second Wednesday of each month at 4:00pm. Board meetings are held at:

District Headquarters
8709 Circle R Drive
Escondido, CA 92026

Agenda & Minutes

Policy and Procedure Manual

DSFPD Bylaws

2020 Resolutions

2018 Resolutions

2019 Resolutions

Meet Your Board Directors:

Bret Sealey - PRESIDENT

Bret was elected to the board in November 2012. As a project manager and Navy Veteran, he brings over 20 years of experience managing multi-million dollar budgets. His focus areas include long-term financial planning, community enrichment, and disaster prevention activities for the District. Highlights of his activities include development of the District's five-year budget projection, drafting the policy to support Community Emergency Response Team, and acting as a principal author and coordinator of the Deer Springs Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

He is recipient of the Special District Leadership Foundation's Recognition in Special District Governance and is also a California Special Districts Association certified Board Secretary. A native of California, Bret has lived in Hidden Meadows for over 10 years and has been deeply involved in many community organizations.

Bret holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Master of Science in Information Technology Management, Associates of Art in Fire Technology and Emergency Management, and is currently enrolled in the Master of Public Administration program at San Diego State University.

 Jean Slaughter - VICE PRESIDENT

Jean has been a resident of Champagne Village since 1994 and a native of California growing up in Pasadena. He served in the Navy during the Korean War. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelors Degree in Public Administration with a Fire Administration minor. He’s been married 59 years to his Jr. High School sweetheart Pat; they have 3 grown children and 2 grown grandchildren. He spent 28 years with the Pasadena Fire Department and retired as Administrative Fire Chief. During those years he spent 25 years officiating football and baseball at the High School and College level. For 5 years he served as director on the Champagne Village Home Owners Board, one of those years as the board president. In 2002 he was appointed to the Deer Springs Fire Protection Board and served until December 2006. During this period the board got voter approval to increase the tax rate which allowed the district to put an additional firefighter on each engine and to proceed with the construction of the new fire station in Hidden Meadows. “Fire protection and prevention is in my blood and I hope to do all that is possible with the funds available to maintain and improve the fire protection and fire prevention for the citizens of our district.”

 Brian Holley-Director  

Brian was elected to the board in November 2018.  As the owner of a building technology company vCapture and former construction executive, he brings over 15 years of experience managing large capital improvement projects including over 50 staff persons and budgets exceeding $ 100 M per year.  He has deep experience in working with multi- discipline teams to identify and mitigate various risk situations to include emergency response plans.  His focus has been on district master planning to include evaluating how technology can be further utilized for enhancing safety and effectiveness. Brian has a B.S. in Construction Management from Colorado State University and M.B.A in Healthcare Management from the University of Phoenix.

Mark Jackson – Secretary/Treasurer

Retired Finance Executive (Fortune 50 Aerospace and Defense Company)Deer Springs Fire Protection District Treasurer (elected)Former Valley Center Community Planning Group two term elected member Skills & AbilitiesFinance Executive with 40 years’ experience leading the Finance function (Financial Planning, Procurement, Contracts and Pricing, Program Control, and Accounting).  Mark was the Finance Director supervising in excess of 200 employees to support technology businesses with over 2500 total employees and revenue in excess of $ 750 million/year.Mark’s skill set includes hands on Strategic Planning, Contract Negotiation, Financial Plans and forecasts and workflow planning and scheduling for complex technology development, production, and operational maintenance for major Defense Systems.


James Gordon – DIRECTOR

James Gordon specialized for more than 25 years in advising clients faced with complex high stakes business disputes, litigation and investigations, especially in cross-border matters.  Mr. Gordon served as a consulting and testifying expert as well as a third-party neutral in a diverse range of business and discovery disputes.


Mr. Gordon focused on Asia/China/US cross-border disputes and litigation since 2005 and was based in Asia from 2009 to 2012 as Managing Partner for Asia/China for a global expert services and consulting firm (NYSE:NCI).  In China and throughout Asia and Japan, Mr. Gordon was the consulting expert and project lead on a diverse range of complex matters, including:  special committee forensic investigations for Boards of U.S. listed Chinese companies;  cross-border discovery; allegations of business fraud; undisclosed related third party asset transfers;  Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations; deep-dive M&A and FCPA due diligence; international arbitration; royalty disputes; intellectual property rights (IPR); and dumping/trade issues.


Mr. Gordon has worked on many of the highest-profile regulatory and enforcement investigations in US history, including:  the Wall Street IPO Securities Litigation; Tyco; WorldCom; Parmalat; HealthSouth; and Enron.  His work has involved matters throughout Asia, China, Canada, UK and the United States advising clients and their counsel in responding to investigations by:  U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ); Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE); NASDAQ; Federal Trade Commission (FTC); United States International Trade Counsel (USITC) and Congressional and Senate Investigations.