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Skagit Port Of Anacortes Commissioner Position 5

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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Phone (360) 420-4446
Email pittis4port@gmail.com
Town where you live Anacortes
Experience (300 characters max) Port of Anacortes 1991–2012. Director of Marina & Airport, Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Director of Administration & Communication and Director of Real Estate & Community Development. Elected Official Anacortes School District 2001-2005.
After spending over 21 years working for the Port of Anacortes and serving on the Anacortes School Board, running for a Port Commission position is a natural extension of my dedication to the Port of Anacortes and to community service. I believe in the Port’s mission and have continued to stay involved despite leaving the Port a little over 5 years ago. I believe I can help advance a healthy culture and climate on the Port Commission. I believe in the Port’s mission and will serve with enthusiasm. I want to champion family wage jobs, economic development and commerce while protecting the quality of life, needs and desires of area residents. I have confidence that you can balance economics with a healthy environment and want to cultivate this for our community. I would be honored to be the first woman to serve as a Commissioner for the Port of Anacortes and my qualifications and proven record enables me to hit the ground running.
1: There is a need to diversify cargo and obtain new revenue streams to reduce our reliance on petroleum based cargoes. Commissioners can conduct themselves with integrity, respect and transparency modeling our expectations on how we conduct ourselves as a Port with potential business partners, the public and other agencies. 2: There is a need to build upon the relationships that have begun to be repaired but still need time to heal and for trust to grow. As a Commissioner our actions and professionalism reflect directly on the business culture and climate at the Port. 3: Although a community leader in environmental stewardship, the reality is that larger projects are constrained by funding, are complex and take years to complete. You can mitigate this as an informed Commissioner that can effectively and intelligently work with various elected officials and the public.
If we address the relationships, it will enable the Port to obtain, retain and grow tenants and business partners. It would be my additional desire to win back the trust and confidence of some of the business partners that have begun to utilize other facilities. Healthy relationships that operate with intelligence, transparency, integrity and respect allows for a culture to work cooperatively with the public, various elected officials, community groups and other governmental agencies to permit, fund and move forward key initiatives port-wide. The relationship piece addresses all three of the major issues facing the port. My experience and proven track record enables me to effectively address all of these challenges.
Given that my career at the Port of Anacortes touched every operating department, it would be hard to say that I have one primary interest. The Marine Terminals have historically been the bread and butter financially for the Port which gave it the financial capacity to move forward on various port wide initiatives and to keep taxes low. The Marine Terminals provides for family wage jobs and is an economic engine for our economy The Airport has served us well since 1969. The Marina, it is our crown jewel. It promotes tourism, much like a grand hotel and brought in close to $9 million dollars into our community according to the 2016 Transient Moorage Survey. The Port is inherently multifaceted therefore, as a Commissioner; you would seek to balance good stewardship of each facility with the needs, wants and desires of the public and the users. As a Commissioner you filter everything through the lens of the Port’s Mission Statement.

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