Thursday, January 14, 2010

Port of Vancouver USA Commission Mulls Adding Two Members

A move by the Washington state Port of Vancouver USA commission president Jerry Oliver to increase the size of the port's governing board from three to five members met with mixed reactions Tuesday from his colleagues.

The three-member panel discussed the possibility of increasing the size of the port board during the board's public meeting, but ultimately took no action on the topic. Officials at the port estimate that adding two additional commissioners to the board could cost the port up to $100,000 a year.

Despite no action being taken, Oliver, who first raised the idea at a board meeting in December 2009, said Tuesday that he would continue to pursue the idea of a board expansion.

From the dais, Commissioner Brian Wolfe said he might consider supporting the idea while Commissioner Nancy Baker said she would oppose it.