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Port of Coupeville starting search for new executive director

By NATHAN WHALEN Whidbey News-Times Staff reporter
March 18, 2013 · Updated 3:53 PM

The commissioners for the Port of Coupeville are in need for a new director.

The contract for Executive Director Jim Patton expires at the end of the year and he said he has no intention of asking for a renewal.

He has been running the small port district for eight years.

Before the commissioners start looking for a replacement, they are trying to figure out .

“I think we need to review the scope of the work for the executive director,” Port Commissioner Laura Blankenship said.

She questioned whether the port should keep the current contractual arrangement it has for the executive director position or make the position a full-time employee.

Patton works for the Port of Coupeville on a part-time basis earning $50 an hour.

He earned $24,000 in 2012.

Commissioner Benye Weber said she doesn’t see room in the budget for a full-time executive director.

“I don’t know how to get beyond that,” Weber said during the meeting.

Patton said he is sensitive to what the port can pay for in an executive director because he writes the budget each year.

He also mentioned he has done work for the port on a pro-bono basis.

Commission chairman Marshal Bronson suggested finding a volunteer analyst to work with Patton to document his job duties and requirements for a new position.

Patton said the three-member board has to make a decision about the executive director position in time to be written into the budget for 2014, which is approved every October.


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