Kent resident Merle Reeder has been appointed to be a commissioner (position no. 2) of the Soos Creek Water & Sewer District, effective April 19, 2017. Reeder joins commissioners Steve Pfaff (position no. 1), Gary G. Cline (position no. 3), Darold Stroud (position no. 4) and Alice R. Marshall (position no. 5). Reeder will serve as commissioner through December 31 and will run for election in November 2017 to fill the remainder of his predecessor’s two-year term which ends January 2020.

Reeder replaces Commissioner Larry West who passed away. West served as a commissioner for Soos Creek since 2013, following more than 40 years in the private and public sectors. The Soos Creek Water & Sewer District meets on the first, third and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 4:30 PM and holds public hearings as needed.

Kent News: Kent Resident Merle Reeder Appointed to Soos Creek Water & Sewer DistrictHaving lived in Kent for more than two decades, Reeder is eager to serve his community as commissioner and wishes to adopt West’s goal of setting fair and affordable water and sewer rates for those living in the district.

“As a past business owner and a long-time resident of Kent, I am honored to be appointed to this position. I look forward to serving the community where my kids have grown up and my wife and I have established our careers,” Reeder said.

Reeder is currently a salesman for Northwest Roof Service in Kent, working with homeowners, property managers, commercial business owners and investors, responsible for estimating, negotiation, and overseeing projects in the residential and commercial markets.  He also holds a real estate broker’s license, so he can assist his wife Marti Reeder, Managing Broker of “Team Marti” with John L. Scott, as needed. Prior to that, Reeder owned a general contracting business, Reeder Brothers Construction, for 30 years.

Owning a business in the construction industry has given Reeder a strong background in various aspects of the building industry and in the day-to-day management of a small business.  He has experience with estimating, construction management, property development, and working with various city and county building departments and their codes and regulations.

“As a business owner, superintendent, builder and developer, I’ve been exposed to many different facets of running a business which will be helpful in tackling operational concerns, rates and other issues that I will face as a commissioner at the Soos Creek Water and Sewer District,” Reeder added. “I support the district’s mission of providing reliable, high quality water and sewer services to southeast King County in an efficient and cost effective manner, and I’m ready to do my part.”

To learn more about the Soos Creek Water & Sewer District, visit To learn more about Reeder, visit his profile on LinkedIn To contact him, call 206-786-3225 or email [email protected].  

About Merle Reeder:

Reeder has lived in the Soos Creek area for more than 20 years. Until last fall, Reeder, his wife Marti and their blended family lived in a rural, five-acre Kent home that Reeder custom built. He and Marti recently moved to Kent’s East Hill in the SCWSD boundaries. In addition to holding his real estate broker’s license for six years, Reeder works as a salesman for Northwest Roof Service in Kent, following a 35-year career as a general contractor. Reeder was recently appointed to fill the commissioner position no. 2 on the Soos Creek Water & District Board of Commissioners. He will run in the November 2017 election to complete his predecessor’s remaining two-year term which ends January 2020.

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