Coupeville Port settles lawsuit with ex-director

The former executive director of the Port of Coupeville will get $50,000 in settling a wrongful termination lawsuit.

After about two years of litigation, Forrest Rambo and port officials entered into the settlement agreement last month. Rambo sued the port after he was fired in a surprise decision in 2016.

Under the terms of the settlement, neither side acknowledges doing anything wrong.

The parties agreed to keep the amount of the settlement confidential, but that doesn’t apply to the Public Records Act.

Both sides also agreed to refrain from making disparaging remarks about each other.

The port commissioners fired Rambo in September 2016 in a 2-1 vote during a meeting in which Rambo and two of the commissioners butted heads about a variety of issues, including staffing and maintenance. Commissioner John Mishasek and former Commissioner William Bell voted to terminate Rambo while Commissioner Mike Diamanti voted against it.

Diamanti later resigned in protest.

The lawsuit cited whistle-blower laws and alleged that the two commissioners fired him because he questioned the legality of the port’s harbormaster also being a paying tenant of the port-owned Coupeville Wharf.

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