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Clark Port Of Camas-Washougal Commissioner, District No. 1

4-year term (ports in counties with over 100,000 pop); 4 or 6 year term counties with under 100,000 pop) Salary $42,106 (2013) in King, varies in other port districts. The Port District is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the port facilities within their jurisdiction. The commission sets the general policies of the district, which are implemented by the hired professional Port Director and their professional staff. One of commission's main duties is the adoption of the district's budget and proposal of any Port levies to be placed on the ballot to the people. The commission sets policies and approves all spending via the budget, whether for operations or capital items or public facility maintenance and improvements. The council also sets salaries for district employees.
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Mailing Address PO Box 640
Camas, WA 98607
Phone (360) 839-7575
Email john.spencer.wa@gmail.com
Town where you live Washougal address, Camas school district, Clark County jurisdiction. I am a member of the East County community.
Experience (300 characters max) • Management and Finance Consultant • City Administrator, City of North Bonneville • Management Analyst, City of Vancouver • Finance Analyst, City of University Place • Clark County Parks Board • Rotary Club of Camas-Washougal • Angel Flight • Camas Schools Citizen Advisory Committee
I love my community, this job, and all the opportunities to do good for East County! I am very excited about all the projects we have going on at the port, and I think I am the right person to help make them a success.

Keeping my kids local when they grow up is important to me. To help make that happen, I want to create a community that has plenty of job opportunities and supportive to families in all ways.

There is a lot of growth headed our way. I want to help ensure that we improve our quality of life as we grow, with more and better parks, more and better jobs, and more and better infrastructure.

I believe that to become the best possible community, our elected officials need to start thinking in terms of the "East County Community" rather than in terms of a particular city, or district. I can be most effective in helping change the mindset of officials while being part of that group, rather than pushing from the outside.
1) Improving our quality of life in the face of rapid population growth. 2) Improving the port's already solid financial position so that it can continue to improve our quality of life in the future. 3) Improving our already good working relationships with fellow agencies and our citizens.
#1) Improving our quality of life in the face of rapid population growth.

The port helps improve the quality of life by building infrastructure - by constructing new buildings where businesses can grow, by installing roads and utilities to open new lands for development, by buildings parks and trails, and by expanding our marina and airport to provide for commercial traffic and recreation.

As the only public agency in East County whose boundaries encompass almost all of our community, we are in a unique position to help the community come together with a unified voice and vision toward making the improvements most important to our citizens. I firmly believe that to effectively improve the quality of life in our community all local agencies need to work together. The two cities, two school districts, and port and fire districts need to build a common vision, disregarding their territorial interests in favor of achieving that broader vision through collaboration and sharing resources.
People seem to appreciate my leadership and support my vision. Through my position with the Port I have the opportunity and ability to do good for my community.

My main goals as a Port Commissioner include: strengthening partnerships among all East County agencies to benefit our community, developing all areas of the Port to support business and job growth, developing the waterfront in a manner that enhances our community and both downtown areas, expanding the marina and the airport, and obtaining new land for development. Citizen input is critical to my decision making, so I seek input on all sides of the issues.

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