The Port of Grays Harbor has announced its procedures and schedule for appointing a new District 2 Commissioner following Commissioner Jack Thompson’s sudden and unexpected passing earlier this month.

Applications will be accepted October 29 – November 9, 2018, via email, [email protected], or by delivery to either the Port’s main office located at 111 S. Wooding Street, Aberdeen, WA 98520 or at the Westport Marina’s main office located at 326 Lamb Street, Westport, WA 98595. Qualifying applicants must be a registered voter in Grays Harbor County District 2. Completed applications, along with proof of residency from the Grays Harbor County Auditor’s Office and proof of voter registration, are due no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, November 9, 2018. An optional Orientation of Port facilities, properties and operations will be offered at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7th at the Port’s main office for interested candidates.

Following the application deadline, an executive session will be held at the end of the regularly scheduled Commission Meeting on Tuesday November 13, 2018 to review District 2 candidate qualifications. The meeting will then resume to select the individuals to be interviewed at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, November 26th during a Special Commission Meeting. Following the public interviews on November 26th, the Port Commission will adjourn into executive session – no decision will be made.

On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at 3 p.m. another Special Meeting will be held to discuss the merits of the candidates in public session and vote on the candidate to be appointed. The appointment lasts until the next regular Port election in November 2019, at which time anyone seeking to run for the position will have to stand for election. The winner of the November 2019 election will serve out the unexpired term for the District 2 position through December 31, 2023.

The full appointment procedures and schedule are available on the Port’s website, portofgraysharbor.com, at the Port’s main office and Westport Marina office. The application will be available at all locations on October 29th. For more information or questions, please contact Mike Folkers, Director of Finance and Administration, 360-533-9504 or [email protected], or Public Affairs Manager Kayla Dunlap, 360-533-9590 or [email protected]

Founded in 1911, the Port of Grays Harbor is one of Washington State’s oldest port districts and Washington’s only deep-water port located directly on the Pacific Ocean. The Port of Grays Harbor operates 4 deep-water marine terminals, the Westport Marina, Bowerman Airport, Grays Harbor ship assist services, numerous public waterfront access facilities, in addition to industrial and business parks throughout the County. Strategically located midway between Seattle and Portland and only 1 ½ hours from open sea, the Port of Grays Harbor provides businesses a diverse portfolio of facilities. More information on the Port of Grays Harbor’s facilities and operations is available at portofgraysharbor.com.