Barry Buchanan is currently serving his second term on the Whatcom County Council. 2017 through 2019 are transition years for the new Council districts. In 2017, Councilmember Buchanan served the old district 1A, and was elected to serve new at-large(A) position beginning in January 2018. Councilmember Buchanan's term ends January 2022.
In 2019, Councilmember Buchanan is the Executive Pro-Tempore, Chair of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, and a member of the Public Works and Health Committee and Natural Resources 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.