Commissioner Melanie Bacon
Island County
District I Democrat

"Vision is indispensable, and my record proves that I am tenacious at implementing my vision."

Plans, Projects, Progress 2021 - 2024

Melanie Bacon is a results-oriented leader and as your county commissioner of District I she has accomplished the following major goals and projects since 2021. As you might guess, several of these will continue unfolding and evolving into 2025 and beyond. More information on Island County activities on the part of Commissioner Bacon and the Board can be found in these weekly newsletters.

Commissioner Bacon's Accomplishments

    Secured millions in ARPA funds for community service groups.
    Led a successful fight for affordable housing in Island County.
    Established a new era of government in the sunshine with a weekly newsletter that reports the details of county board decisions and operations.
    Negotiated support for a Climate Resiliency resolution.
    Increased local funding for emergency preparedness.
    Led update of animal welfare code.
Plans and Goals 2025 and Beyond

    Ensuring the 2025 Comp Plan reflects the housing, infrastructure, climate, economic, environmental, health, fairness, and resiliency values that assure a fair and prosperous future for Island County.
    Securing additional state and federal funds to implement safety and emergency projects county-wide.

    Join us now. Volunteer or donate. Like you, we wish to keep an experienced and devoted visionary like Melanie Bacon in office.


Author, Soldier, Farmer, and Civic Leader

Prior to becoming County Commissioner for District I, Melanie was an experienced executive and manager. She left her job as the International Compensation Manager for a Fortune 500 company to serve Island County as Human Resources Director, championing worker benefits and process improvements, providing solutions sensitive to both taxpayer and employee needs.

Besides her work with the county, Melanie has devoted her life to working for the public good. She has served the U.S. Army in military intelligence, farmed 580 acres and raised cattle in Minnesota, been a human resources consultant to tribal governments, a NOW leader, founding member of an educational endowment foundation, a member of numerous city committees, a prison chaplain, and chair of a planning commission and zoning board responsible for the 10-year plan that guided her city's growth while it was the fastest growing region in Minnesota.

Aside from all else, Melanie is a successful fiction author with several novels under her belt including DRAGON RIPPER, a novel about Jack the Ripper's daughter working with the sister of Sherlock Holmes to solve crimes in old London. Melanie was also a contributing writer to National Lampoon magazine back in the day.