Candidates chosen for port executive director position

The Bellingham Business Journal

The Port of Bellingham’s search for an executive director continues. Port commissioners are back at it after an unsuccessful search that ended in July with the final three candidates withdrawing from the running after the port announced that it would be interviewing more candidates.

Those interviews were held throughout the summer. Commissioners met individually with each candidate for the position and a group of finalists was selected. That group will convene in Bellingham in October for a two-day session of panel interviews and a community reception.

A public reception is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Oct. 3 in the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Fairhaven. At the reception, each finalist will give a brief presentation and will be available for informal conversations. Community members will be invited to provide the port with feedback on the candidates. More information about individual candidates will be available by Sept. 28.

The position was vacated in June 2009 by Jim Darling, who served as the director for 15 years. In March 2010, the port hired the executive search firm Waldron & Company to undertake a complete search process.

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