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 2020, Councilmember Buchanan is the County Council Chair and Chair of the Criminal Justice and Safety Committee. In addition, he is appointed to several community boards and committees, including the Emergency Management Services (EMS) Oversight Board, Incarceration Prevention & Reduction Task Force, Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters (LEOFF) Board, Opportunity Council, and Public Health Advisory Board.