Port of Grays Harbor

Special Commission Meeting

June 7, 2018

The Port of Grays Harbor Special Commission Meeting on June 7, 2018 was called to order at 9:00 a.m.

Mike Folkers, Director of Finance & Administration led the meeting in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Those in attendance at the meeting were as follows:


Chuck Caldwell - Commissioner
Stan Pinnick - Commissioner
Jack Thompson - Commissioner
Arthur Blauvelt - Legal Counsel
Gary Nelson - Executive Director
Mike Folkers - Director of Finance & Administration
Mary Nelson - Director of Finance & Administration
Leonard Barnes - Deputy Executive Director
Keya Bernhardt - Communication and Administration Coordinator
Kayla Dunlap - Public Relations Manager
Lisa Benn - Accounting Manager

Phil Papac - Citizen

Items discussed are as follows:

Art Blauvelt, General Counsel discussed the next step in the process of selecting the District #1 resident who will fill the vacancy being created by Commissioner Caldwell’s retirement effective July 31, 2018.

Mr. Blauvelt reported that at the direction of the Commission the Port staff advertised the vacancy, provided both print and electronic application forms, offered a Port tour to potential applicants and answered questions. The deadline for applications was Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 5:00 pm.

Mr. Blauvelt reported that the Port received 8 applications. All copies of the applications were provided to Commissioners Thompson and Pinnick for their review on Wednesday.

Gary Nelson, Executive Director, announced each applicant including name, address, and register voter district status.

The Commission has had an opportunity to review the applications and can determine to interview all or a certain number of the applicants based on the qualifications revealed in their written applications. In the alternative, it can determine to interview all of the applicants. The decision is up to the Commission.

RECESS the Special Commission Meeting and entered into Executive Session 9:09 am.


Action Item No. 1

Mr. Blauvelt requested Commission direction to staff regarding the format for the Candidate Interviews.

A motion to direct staff to request all applicants to be present for interviews by the Commission at the special meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 14, 2018 beginning at 5:30 pm was made by Commissioner Pinnick and seconded by Commissioner Thomson. Motion passed with a vote of 2-0.