Port of Coupeville seeks new executive director

Leaders for the Port of Coupeville are looking for a few good applicants.

The port formally started looking for someone to replace Jim Patton after his contract expires at the end of this year.

The taxpayer-supported entity, which oversees the Coupeville Wharf and the Greenbank Farm, needs a new director to serve on a part-time basis. Compensation is negotiable.

Patton said that the commissioners have some flexibility in how the new position would be configured. His replacement could be hired as a regular employee or work on a contract basis.

He has been serving as executive director under a professional services contract. The contract goes to bid every two years.

He earns $50 an hour on a part-time basis with no benefits.

The Port of Coupeville budgeted $36,000 this year for compensation for the executive director position.

Patton’s contract expires at the end of the year and he decided against getting a renewal. Rather, he filed for office and is running for commissioner for the Port of Coupeville. He is vying for the seat being vacated by Benye Weber and is running against Bill Larsen.

The Port of Coupeville will accept applications until Sept. 6 and will open the applications during their Sept. 11 meeting.

Depending on the number of applicants, Patton said the commissioners could decide to hold a special meeting to consider the candidates.

For more information about the position, call Patton at 360-678-5020 or email at

To apply for the position, send a resume to Port of Coupeville, P.O. Box 577, Coupeville, WA, 98239.


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