Barry Buchanan is currently serving his second term on the Whatcom County Council. He was elected to serve the at-large (A) position beginning in January 2018. Councilmember Buchanan's term ends January 2022.
In 2021, Councilmember Buchanan is the County Council Chair and is chair of the Criminal Justice and Safety Committee. He is also a member of the Natural Resources Committee. In addition, he represents the County Council on several community boards and committees, including the Homeless Strategies Workgroup, Incarceration Prevention & Reduction Task Force, Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters (LEOFF) Board, and Public Health Advisory Board.