A retired businessman and longtime mayor of Oak Harbor, Al Koetje reflects on some of the events of the past several decades that helped shape the community, including the 1991 base closure threat. Koetje was honored Friday during the annual Whidbey News Group Best of Whidbey Awards.  The 2016 Best of Whidbey results appear in a special section inside today’s edition of the newspaper. - Photo by Jessie Stensland/Whidbey News-Times

Mayor who helped shape modern Oak Harbor honored

  • Jul 23, 2016 at 6:00AM

THE KEY to Koetje’s success in politics and business in the city, he said, was his support of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. In fact, it’s hard to imagine any other mayor in the nation being a greater booster of a local military base than Koetje, who held the office from 1972 to 1996.

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