Port narrows executive director search

The Bellingham Business Journal

After a closed-door meeting, Port of Bellingham commissioners narrowed the field of candidates being considered for its executive director position. The deadline for applications was May 24 and more than 100 people applied on or before that day.

During the next few weeks, Waldron & Company, the Seattle-based executive search firm hired by the port, will interview and provide additional information to 17 candidates who remain under consideration.

Elizabeth Monahan, port human resources manager, said no port employees applied for the executive director position. And, at this point in the process, all of the candidate names are being kept confidential. Names will be made public when just a handful of finalists are selected toward the end of June.

“We believe we have some excellent candidates who have applied for this position,” commission president Jim Jorgensen said. “Choosing an executive director is one of the most important jobs the commission undertakes. We look forward to our next meeting with Waldron, when we will learn more about the semifinalists.”

At this time, the commission plans to invite a small group of finalists to Bellingham in July for a series of interviews with the commission, port staff and stakeholder groups. The details of the interview process are still being determined.

The position was vacated by Jim Darling, who took a private sector position in June 2009 after serving as executive director for 15 years.

The port has created an executive search process web page to keep the community informed. The web address is www.portofbellingham.com/content/AboutItem_15_1976_v.

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