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August 31, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Port commissioners will consider CEO’s side gig Sept. 11

Port of Seattle CEO Tay Yoshitani

The Seattle Port Commission will meet Sept. 11 to discuss, in open session, the Port CEO’s lucrative new position on the board of Expeditors International.

The commission is likely to seek a second, outside opinion on whether CEO Tay Yoshitani’s position on the board is a conflict of interest, said Commission Chairwoman Gael Tarleton. Tarleton and at least one other commissioner, Rob Holland, told Yoshitani this week he must choose between the board position and his $367,000-a-year job running the Port.

Meanwhile, today, the┬áThe Washington Coalition for Open Government and state Rep. Gerry Pollet, D-Seattle, asked for a list of public records regarding Yoshitani and Expeditors International, and details about the Port’s own ruling that the Expeditors position would not be a conflict.

In response to mounting public interest, the Port put some records up on the commission web page, including a letter from Commissioner Tom Albro defending Yoshitani’s board position.

 

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