Port continues search for new director

The Bellingham Business Journal

The search for an executive director for the Port of Bellingham will continue this summer as the port commissioners announced Friday, July 16, that they would be interviewing additional candidates within a few weeks.

Commissioners directed their Seattle-based search firm, Waldron and Associates, to revisit the 110 applications that were submitted in May and help them select more people to interview. They hope to conduct additional interviews by the end of August.

“We carefully and thoughtfully considered all of the input we received during the interview process,” said Commission President Jim Jorgensen in a press release. “And we greatly appreciate all the time that members of the community and stakeholder groups took to share their thoughts with us. Based upon that feedback, we believe it is necessary to expand the pool of applicants for this key leadership position.”

Following the news of the decision, the remaining three finalists withdrew from the running. The three are Jeffrey Bishop, executive director for the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay; Dwight Rives, director of port construction services at the Port of Seattle; and John Carter, finance director for the City of Bellingham.

Earlier in July, the three finalists took part in a two-day comprehensive interview process that included interviews with the commission, a stakeholder group and staff panels, as well as a community reception.

For more information, visit www.portofbellingham.com

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