Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Port of Everett Names New CEO

By Mark Edward Nero

The Port of Everett conducted a nationwide search to find a new CEO over the past several months, but the winning candidate was in-house the entire time.

The port announced Sept. 2 that Deputy Executive Director Les Reardanz is being promoted to the top spot and is to begin his new role Nov. 16.

“This is the very best decision and action not only for our community, but all of Snohomish County,” port Commissioner Glen Bachman said.

Currently, Reardanz oversees the port’s environmental cleanups, public policy, communications, human resources, legal and contacting activities.

“We have so many big projects going on, so it makes sense to bring Les on board because he has been involved with all these projects,” port Commissioner Tom Stiger explained.

In addition to his port duties, Reardanz is a captain in the US Naval Reserve and is the Commanding Officer, US Pacific Fleet reserve legal command, which advises the Pacific Fleet and its subordinate commands.

Prior to being hired at the port in late 2010, Reardanz was the municipal legal advisor at the city of Bellingham. He was also the project manager for the city’s Waterfront District Development, which is a joint effort with the Port of Bellingham.

Reardanz will step in for current CEO John Mohr who retires in January.

“I am very honored to have been chosen for CEO of the Port of Everett. The port is a valuable community asset, we have an amazing port team, and I look forward to all the great things we are going to achieve,” Reardanz said.

Reardanz, who received his B.A. in History from the University of California Davis in 1987 and his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles in 1990, is able to practice law in the states of Washington and California and before the United States Supreme Court, as well as other various federal and military courts.