Port executive director gets raise

The Port of Coupeville Executive Director is receiving a pay raise.

Chris Michalopoulos’s salary, including medical costs, will increase from $72,000 to $90,000 per year.

The three-member commission voted two-to-one on Wednesday to approve the raise.

District No. 3 Commissioner Mohammad Mostafavinassab voted against the increase.

The commissioners had positive things to say for Michalopoulos’s performance review, noting that he’s gotten through many projects quicker than expected. He was also approved for three weeks paid vacation.

As executive director, Michalopoulos is responsible for leading the day-to-day operations of the Port of Coupeville, which includes fiscal management, personnel administration, public relations, and facility and property management.

Michalopoulos also represents the port to other governmental agencies.

“(Michalopoulos) has accomplished so much on both sides of the port’s financials — revenue and expenses — that he has proved his financial value and a quorum of commissioners felt it was time to recognize that positive impact to both the Port and to the community,” District Two Commissioner John Mishasek said in an email.

Michalopoulos said he believes the pay increase is fair and based on his good performance as executive director. The review process included surveys about his performance from the community and the commissioners.

“I went through a very extensive review process based on my output and facts,” he said. “This is really about the value that I bring to the community and the Port of Coupeville.”

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