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Clallam Port Of Port Angeles 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) 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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    Colleen Mcaleer (NP) President, WA Business Alliance

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Phone (360) 681-0588
Town where you live Sequim
Experience (300 characters max) Commissioner, Port of Port Angeles President, WA Business Alliance, current Director, Business Development, Port of PA Commercial Real Estate Broker, US Army Officer, Helicopter/Fixed Wing Pilot, Combat Veteran; 89-99 Current Board Member, Seattle Sports Commission & US Global Leadership Coalition
I originally ran in 2013 because my position as the Port’s Director of Business allowed me to see how vital the Port is to the well-being of our community, and that it was in dire need of transformation so it could achieve its intended purpose. Now, four years later, I am running for re-election because I am very proud of the tremendous progress we made, and I know we are well on the way to accomplishing so much more. I want to see the Port’s goals and plans through to completion.
1. Economic Growth The Port supports industry so they can thrive in our county and provide quality jobs. The Port uses its revenue from its leases to pay for the infrastructure that businesses need. These public assets include the airport, waterfront terminals and industrial parks. We invest in projects, places and people for the community’s benefit. 2. Transparency, Accountability Big issues have varied interests and viewpoints, often with no clear-cut answer. Transparency starts with transparency from the staff to the elected officials. These values are now part of the culture at the Port, as evidenced by the award the Port received from the Coalition of Open Governments for hiring process of our Ex Dir. 3. Environmental Responsibility We completed the clean-up of the former PenPly site in record time by paying costs up front and pursuing the liable parties such as Exxon. We were fully reimbursed by all parties so no local public dollars were spent on the cleanup.
Because the economy is the source of the resources needed to protect the environment and provide quality jobs, I believe that appropriate economic growth is the Port’s top priority. It is our mission. However, it is always important to remember that each of these components forms the structure of a three-legged stool. If you remove one leg, the whole stool becomes shaky. We must succeed in each or we cannot succeed for the citizens of Clallam County.
It is important for the Port to be diversified in its approach to its mission, which is to support the creation of quality jobs in Clallam County. To that end, the Port has three business opportunities: wood products, advanced manufacturing and marine trades. The log yard on the waterfront supports many jobs throughout Clallam County. The Airport Industrial Park has many private businesses as tenants which also support many jobs in the county. The Port’s terminals on the harbor bring much commerce to our area and is also a major source of jobs, as the soon-to-be developed marine trade industrial park on the former PenPly site. My primary interest in the operation of the Port is to sustain and grow these assets appropriately for the highest good of the citizens of the Port district, which is Clallam County. logo


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