Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Port of Port Angeles Head Resigns, is Rehired

Jeff Robb, citing what he called “serious health issues,” resigned as executive director of the Port of Port Angeles this week, but was immediately hired by the port commission at the same salary to fill a newly-created job.

Robb, who has been with the Port of Port Angeles since 1984, was promoted to executive director in August 2009. On June 24, 2013, he submitted his resignation.

“I have had a number of serious health issues for a number of months that have not improved with time,” he told the commission during the meeting.

But on a 2-1 vote, with Commission President Jim Hallett against, the commission awarded Robb a one-year contract as port director of environmental affairs effective July 31.

Port Commissioners John Calhoun and Paul McHugh voted in favor of the new contract, but Hallett dissented, saying he felt the environmental affairs position should be advertised and other candidates interviewed.

In his new role, Robb is scheduled to make the same salary he received as executive director, $138,000.

Robb’s resignation this week marked the second time in three resignations that he wound up staying with the port. He left at the end of 1998 to become director of airport operations and real estate for the Port of Bremerton but returned to the Port of Port Angeles in October 1999.

Then in 2008, Robb was hired to become public works director for the city of Sequim, but eventually declined to take the job after deciding instead to stay with the port.