Seven months after the resignation of its former executive director, the Port of Bellingham has a new boss.
Rob Fix, the port’s chief financial officer and deputy director, will assume the executive role immediately, according to a port announcement.
Fix was selected by a unanimous vote of the three-member port commission after a closed executive session on Friday, Nov. 9.
He had been serving as interim executive since April, when former director Charlie Sheldon stepped down.
The pick was a surprise, since Fix was not one of the three finalists for the job that were revealed last month. Port officials had also earlier indicated that Fix, who has worked at the port since 2008, would not be considered for the executive position.
In a statement, Port Commission President Scott Walker said Fix’s efforts as interim executive, which included negotiating a major waterfront land-ownership swap with the city of Bellingham, led the commission to believe he would be the best person to fill the role.
The commission also approved a compensation package for Fix that includes a $140,000 annual salary, $600 per month car allowance, 10 percent per year deferred compensation, as well as a four-month separation agreement.
Fix takes on a role as overseer to about 100 port employees and major regional economic and transportation services such as the Bellingham International Airport, the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, the Fairhaven Station train and bus depot, the Squalicum and Blaine marinas and the Bellingham Shipping Terminal.
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