Port of Bellingham reorganizes senior staff

The Port of Bellingham announced a reorganization of senior staff. The changes were made to focus the organization toward business development, job creation and a balanced staff workload.

“We now need to bring a laser-like focus on meeting our basic mission of providing economic development and transportation facilities to the residents of Whatcom County,” Executive Director Charlie Sheldon said in a press release. “I have full faith and confidence in my senior staff and believe that our current structure works extremely well, but I am making a few changes to better position us for the future.”

Rob Fix was promoted from chief financial officer to deputy director/chief financial officer, a new position. Fix will oversee finances, economic development, informational services and real estate administration at the port. He has worked for the port since 2009. Prior to that he worked in the private sector in the hotel and hospitality industry.

Lydia Bennett moved from real estate director to director of business development, a new position. She will work to bring the waterfront properties and other port properties in the county back into use. Bennett previously worked as an instructor for CCIM Institute where she developed national connections.

Carolyn Casey was promoted from communications manager to director of external affairs. In this position she will work with communications, media relations, supporting Sheldon and the commissioners in government relations, provide support for planning and supervise event and rental operations.

Human Resources Manager Elizabeth Monahan’s title changed to human resources director. She will add administrative management responsibilities and oversee emergency management and safety programs to her duties.

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One thought on “Port of Bellingham reorganizes senior staff

  1. Okay, that was the press release. Will any journalistic reporting be done? For instance, this begs the question, are the “promotions” simply redefined roles with accompanying title changes or is the Port now hiring for the positions being vacated?
    What in this article is meaningful to the business community besides the monitoring of a government entity that uses tax dollars to compete against local private enterprise without the burden of needing to at least break-even?
    Yeah, I miss the old BBJ.

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