No decision yet on Port's new executive director

The Port of Bellingham has not reached a decision on who will be its new executive director.

An action item regarding the vacant executive job was listed on a revised agenda for a port commission meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 6. But during the meeting, commission president Scott Walker said a decision had not yet been made.

Walker said he had felt confident the port would be able to make a selection before the meeting, but he now agrees with other staffers that more time would be needed.

“We’re not going to have an answer today,” Walker said.

Last month, the port revealed three candidates for the job: Jonathan Daniels, executive director for the Port of Oswego, N. Y.; William (Bill) Panos, public works and port director for the city of West Sacramento, Calif.; and Les Reardanz, chief administration officer for the Port of Everett.

The three were selected out of a field of 95 potential candidates.

Walker said the commission had scheduled an executive session later in the week to further discuss the candidates.

No word was given on when a decision would be announced.

Contact Evan Marczynski at or call 360-647-8805. 

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