March 27, 2013 at 10:48 AM
The Port of Seattle Commission has selected seven finalists for an open position left when Rob Holland resigned earlier this month.
Four of the finalists were previously finalists for a seat recently filled by Commissioner Courtney Gregoire. Gregoire replaced former commissioner Gael Tarleton, who was elected to the state House of Representatives in November.
The finalists for Holland’s seat were chosen from 27 applicants. They will participate in a public forum moderated by KUOW’s Steve Scher at 6 p.m. April 2 at the port’s Pier 69 Headquarters, 2711 Alaskan Way, Seattle.
The finalists are:
– Stephanie Bowman of Seattle, a former manager of Federal Government Affairs at the Port of Tacoma who ran for the state House of Representatives last year in the 11th District.
– Darrell E. Bryan of Seattle, President and Chief Executive Officer of Clipper Navigation.
– Claudia Kauffman of Kent, a former state Senator representing the 47th District and Intergovernmental Affairs Liaison for the Muckleshoot Tribe.
– Randy Loomans of Seattle, the Director of Government Relations for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 302.
– Vicki Orrico of Bellevue, a consultant and member of the Bellevue College Board of Trustees.
– Keith Scully of Shoreline, an attorney, a member of the City of Shoreline Planning Commission and former legal director for Futurewise.
– Nancy E. Wyatt of Kent, the President/CEO of the Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce and former President/CEO of the Covington Chamber of Commerce.
February 26, 2013 at 3:28 PM
Port of Seattle Commission President Tom Albro announced today his proposal to give port commissioners a $35,000 raise — from $6,000 a year to the annual salary paid to state legislators, a little more than $42,000 a year.
Just to show he’s not trying to get rich, Albro said he will waive the salary for himself, and he is proposing it right before he has to face re-election, possibly attracting more viable candidates to his own race. He said he knows the issue of giving his own commission a huge raise is politically dicey, but sees it as “for the public good.”
As it stands, the only people able to serve on the Port Commission are those who don’t have to work full-time to pay the bills, Albro said at today’s Port Commission meeting at Pier 69.
“We intend our government to be a representative democracy — that is of the people, by the people, and for the people. For this to be true, average citizens must be reasonably able to serve in elected office. But that is not the case when it comes to serving on the Port Commission. The vast majority of us simply can’t afford to give away half our working hours, no matter how much we might be drawn to public service,” he said.
Commissioner Rob Holland, who is resigning next month, has struggled throughout his term to hold down a job and got in trouble for using his Port credit card for personal expenses to help make ends meet.
Holland will have a chance to vote on the commissioners’ raise if Albro sticks to his schedule: he’ll introduce his resolution March 5 for a final vote March 12. Holland’s resignation is effective March 15. Three commissioners must vote for a pay raise for it to pass.
Commissioner Bill Bryant said he isn’t likely to support the legislation. Plenty of public servants don’t get paid, he said.
“Democracy is not a spectator sport. It requires us to get involved,” he said. “I’m spending my time working on issues that generate jobs, not giving myself a raise.
February 25, 2013 at 4:30 PM
The Port of Seattle Commission is appointing a new member to replace commissioner Gael Tarleton early next month. Almost as soon as they appoint a new member from a field of six finalists, they’ll be short one commissioner again when Rob Holland’s resignation becomes effective March 15.
So Commission President Tom Albro said the commission will start again with a new appointment process, opening up Holland’s seat to new applicants. Initially when Holland resigned, Albro said the commission might appoint two of the finalists for Tarleton’s seat, but now he says the processes will be separate.
There was huge interest in Tarleton’s seat. It drew 29 applicants. The six finalists will appear at two forums at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Seattle Central Library and Wednesday at the Renton City Council Chambers.
The commission will accept applications for Holland’s seat March 16-24. People who already applied don’t have to apply again, and the remaining finalists will continue to be finalists, Albro said. The commission hopes to appoint someone to Holland’s seat by May.
February 4, 2013 at 7:00 AM
About 30 people applied to be appointed to a vacant seat on the Port of Seattle Commission. The deadline was Friday to submit an online application. One of the applicants will be appointed to the seat left vacant by Gael Tarleton, who was elected state representative. Voters will select a commissioner in November 2013, but the winner of the appointment will have nine months or so in office until then.
Today, commissioners will narrow the list to 20 applicants, who will be invited to give three-minute presentations at Tuesday’s Port Commission meeting. From there, the commission will narrow the field to six, and select a new commissioner in March.
Former City Council member Jan Drago said last week she applied, and Courtney Gregoire, the daughter of former Gov. Chris Gregoire, also has applied. Courtney Gregoire was appointed in November by her mom to the board of trustees for the state’s community colleges.
The entire list of applicants is on the Port web site.
January 28, 2013 at 6:00 AM
New Obama in office: Many political observers are talking about President Obama’s inaugural address and how, in the second term, he may just let his views hang out there. He does seem to be developing new ways to maneuver around partisan gridlock. The latest example is gun control. Instead of calling up a bunch of moderate Democratic senators and twisting their jittery arms to support his policies, he is taking his case to the public. Their public. Interesting strategy.
Sarah Palin out; her fans’ worst nightmare: Palin has run her course on FOX. She is out as a Fox news contributor.
Washington Sen. Patty Murray is the new Senate budget chairwoman. Slate has a fascinating piece about Murray’s potential impact on budget negotiations.
Closer to home, Don Benton is the star of the local blogs. State Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, barely won re-election. You will recall his race went into recount. But none of that is worrying the state senator these days. He’s a busy guy, introducing a lot of legislation, including a parental notification bill now gaining a lot of attention.
Avoid the crowd in the Seattle mayor’s race. How would you like to be a Seattle Port commissioner? The ad (below) has been appearing in a couple of media locales of late. It’s an ad aimed at filling the port commission seat vacated by Gael Tarleton who has gone to the Legislature. To the uninitiated, it looks like an ad for the four port seats that will be up this fall.
But Port Commissioner Tom Albro says the ad is designed to find good people to fill Tarleton’s spot and serve an important community institution. It doesn’t hurt if it raises the profile and awareness of the work the port does.
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