The commissioners of the Port of Grays Harbor held a special meeting on Friday to appoint a replacement for resigning commissioner Chuck Caldwell. Commissioners Jack Thompson and Stan Pinnick selected Phil Papac to fill the District 1 Commission seat that will become vacant effective July 31, 2018.

“It was great to see so many candidates passionate about the Port and the future of Grays Harbor apply,” stated Commissioner Stan Pinnick. “We are excited to welcome Mr. Papac to the Board and feel his commitment, experience and abilities will be an asset to the Port and our community.”

Phil Papac, a life-long resident of Montesano, was selected from a pool of 6 applicants for the position. Mr. Papac, a father of two grown sons, has operated a successful restaurant with his wife for the past 37 years. With an extensive history of involvement and commitment in the community, he also served on the Montesano Parks Board for 20 years, co-chaired two successful school levies, coached and served on several boards for youth sports, and had a 20-year career refereeing basketball throughout Grays Harbor.

Papac will be officially appointed and sworn in at the regularly scheduled Commission meeting on August 14th at 9am. He will serve the remainder of Commissioner Caldwell’s term which will be up for election in November 2019, at which time Mr. Papac and any District 1 registered voter seeking to run for the position may stand for election for the following 6-year term.