Submitted by Port of Grays Harbor

The Port of Grays Harbor has announced its procedures and schedule for appointing a new District 1 Commissioner following Commissioner Chuck Caldwell’s resignation announcement at last week’s Commission Meeting. Commissioner Caldwell’s resignation is effective July 31, 2018, with the new appointment taking effect August 1, 2018.

Applications will be accepted May 15 – June 5, 2018, via email,, or by delivery to either the Port’s main office located at 111 S. Wooding Street, Aberdeen, WA 98520 or at the Satsop Business Park’s main office located at 150 Technology Way, Suite 100, Elma, WA 98541. Qualifying applicants must be a registered voter in Grays Harbor County District 1. Completed applications along with proof of residency from the Grays Harbor County Auditor’s Office and proof of voter registration are due no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

Following the application deadline, a Special Commission Meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 7, 2018. The meeting will include an executive session at the beginning of the meeting to review District 1 candidate qualifications. The Special Meeting will then resume to select individuals for interviews to be conducted on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. during a Special Commission Meeting. Following the public interviews, the Port Commission will adjourn into executive session – no decision will be made.

On Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at 9 a.m. another Special Meeting will be held to discuss the merits of the candidates in public session and vote on the candidate to be appointed. The appointment lasts until the next regular Port election in November 2019, at which time anyone seeking to run for the position will have to stand for election in 2019, for the next 6-year term.

The full appointment procedures, schedule and application are available on the Port’s website,, at the Port’s main office and Satsop Business Park’s main office. For more information or questions, please contact Public Affairs Manager Kayla Dunlap, 360-533-9590 or email

Founded in 1911, the Port of Grays Harbor is one of Washington State’s oldest port districts and Washington’s only deep-water port located directly on the Pacific Ocean. The Port of Grays Harbor operates 4 deep-water marine terminals, the Westport Marina, Bowerman Airport, Grays Harbor ship assist services, numerous public waterfront access facilities, in addition to industrial and business parks throughout the County. Strategically located midway between Seattle and Portland and only 1 ½ hours from open sea, the Port of Grays Harbor provides businesses a diverse portfolio of facilities.

More information on the Port of Grays Harbor’s facilities and operations is available at

Featured photo credit: Skip Radcliffe


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