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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 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 8, 2013 at 3:58 PM
Six women are the finalists for an open Port of Seattle Commission seat, the Port announced this afternoon. The seat was vacated by State Rep. Gael Tarleton, who joined the state Legislature this year, so the commission must appoint someone to fill her seat until the end of the year. Tarleton was the only woman on the five-member commission.
The finalists are: Stephanie Bowman, of Seattle, a former government-affairs manager for the Port of Tacoma who ran an unsuccessful campaign for the state House of Representatives last year; Courtney Gregoire, the daughter of former governor Chris Gregoire who is an attorney for Microsoft and formerly worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce; Former state Sen. Claudia Kauffman, of Kent, a Native American and founder of the Native Action Network; Deborah Knutson, who formerly ran the Economic Development Council of Snohomish County; Vicki Orrico, who formerly ran for mayor of Bellevue and is a member of the Bellevue College Board of Trustees; and Nancy Wyatt, of Kent, president of the Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce and former president of the Covington Chamber of Commerce.
The commissioners heard from 29 applicants Tuesday, as each gave a three-minute speech.
Some members said they hoped for an Eastside candidate, but only Orrico lives in the Eastside, in Bellevue.
“We were impressed with the quality and diversity of the candidates we heard from this week,” said Commission President Tom Albro in a statement.
The finalists will move on to two forums: One Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. in the Downtown Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Avenue in Seattle, and one Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Renton City Council Chambers, 1055 S. Grady Way in Renton.
The commission plans to make an appointment early next month. The seat will be up for re-election in November.
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.
November 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM
Port of Seattle Commissioner Rob Holland put off indefinitely a proposal to allow commissioners to hire interns to act as personal assistants. At the port’s meeting this afternoon, Holland withdrew the budget amendment he had planned to introduce last-minute. He said he supports the proposal to have the five commissioners be able to hire their own assistants to help answer e-mail and phone calls, summarize meetings and analyze topics — but it needs further discussion.
Holland might not have had enough votes to pass the amendment to the Port’s 2013 budget. Commissioners Bill Bryant and Gael Tarleton had expressed concerns. Tarleton said Holland was looking for someone “to do his job” and Bryant said he wasn’t sure what problem the interns were intended to solve.
In a short statement today, Holland offered a defense of his proposal. Part-time port commissioners work hard running for office, taking time away from their families, holding full-time jobs, all in the interest of “the economic vitality of this region.” He added: “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with … this body of people asking for individuals to come in and learn and train and be of assistance.”
Commissioner John Creighton, who had planned to second the amendment, said he was in favor of commissioners being able to hire interns, but the details needed work. Port CEO Tay Yoshitani said there is enough money in the Port budget to pay for the interns if the commissioners decide they want them mid-year.
November 13, 2012 at 5:17 PM
Seattle Port Commissioner Gael Tarleton announced today she plans to resign her position to serve as newly elected state representative in Seattle’s 36th District. Tarleton, the port commission’s president, won a hard-fought campaign against Noel Frame last week.
Tarleton, who was first elected in 2007, was a leading voice this summer’s controversy over Port CEO Tay Yoshitani’s post on an outside company’s board. Tarleton came out strongly to argue that Yoshitani should choose between his Port post and his outside job.
In a statement at today’s Port Commission meeting, Tarleton said she would resign at the first commission meeting in 2013. The commission has 90 days after she resigns to appoint someone to fill the vacancy she leaves behind, and voters will elect someone in the next general election to fill the remainder of her term.
September 6, 2012 at 7:00 AM
Updated with a comment from Heather Weiner.
A letter last week from 13 state Legislators questioning Port of Seattle CEO Tay Yoshitani’s new board position at Expeditors International was drafted by Heather Weiner, the state political director for the Teamsters.
A forwarded e-mail to a state legislator shows the Teamsters were shopping around a draft on Aug. 23, looking for lawmakers who might sign it and add pressure to the Port Commission to publicly question Yoshitani about the board position. The letter says there could be, maybe, a possible appearance of conflict-of-interest. It stopped short of taking sides, but it definitely kept the issue in the news.
Weiner said state Rep. Zack Hudgins, D-Tukwila, asked her to shop around the letter because he didn’t have time. The Teamsters’ interest in Yoshitani’s board position, she said in an e-mailed statement, “is about a long list of incidents where the weak Port of Seattle Commission failed to hold its CEO accountable and allowed corporate interests to take over our public port. Whether under Mic Dinsmore or Tay Yoshitani, a weak port commission means the port ends up in chaos and strife.”
There are two other reasons the Teamsters may have been interested in getting that letter out.
First, keeping the controversy in the news could hurt Commission President Gael Tarleton, who is running for state representative in the 36th District. The Teamsters have opposed Tarleton since a dispute earlier this year about short-haul truckers.
And second, raising questions about the Yoshitani’s ethics and the Port Commission’s ability to oversee his contract makes the Port look bad just when it’s trying to make its case against a proposed basketball and hockey arena in Sodo. And the Teamsters, generally, support the arena because it would create jobs.
Arena proponents, with nothing much to do other than wait for a City Council vote expected later this month, are delightedly watching the drama. Public pressure is mounting, the CEO is defying the governing board, and members of the divided commission are sending out individual statements about the situation.
Politically, the timing of the Yoshitani controversy could hardly have been worse.
“We have a situation where by far the largest opposition of our political goals is using our public’s money in a way that we think might be unethical,” said Brian Robinson, president of the pro-arena group Arenasolution.org.
That’s a drum they will keep beating until Tuesday, when the Port Commission meets to discuss Yoshitani’s contract. That discussion has nothing to do with the arena, technically. The City Council is expected to take action on that at the end of September.
Tarleton said all the noise is interfering with the Port’s ongoing negotiations with the city to make a deal about the arena.
“When there is a perception that the commission is in a state of disarray, it makes it very hard to talk about steps we can take going forward,” she said.
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