Thursday, April 9, 2015

Port of Anacortes Hires New Executive Director

By Mark Edward Nero

During its April 2 meeting, the five-member Port of Anacortes Commission appointed Daniel C. Worra as the port’s new executive director. He replaces outgoing Interim Executive Director John Hachey, who had been on the job since November 2014.

Worra, an Anacortes resident, came to the port from General Electric where he served as the corporation’s Northwest Field Service Regional Manager. Prior to GE, Worra had a 24-year career in the United States Navy, retiring as the operations officer at NAS Whidbey Island.

He was selected for his new position after a process that included interviews with a community leadership panel, port staff, and the port commission. Worra said he was humbled to have been selected from a field of strong candidates and looked forward to working with the Commissioners and staff.

Prior to Worra’s appointment, the Commission honored outgoing Interim Executive Director John Hachey with a resolution highlighting his accomplishments and thanking him for his dedication to the port.

Hachey, the former Port of Anacortes operations and facilities director, retired from the port in May 2012, but was chosen by the port commission to oversee the organization on an interim basis last November after then-Executive Director Bob Hyde resigned under pressure after eight years on the job.