Friday, September 25, 2015

Port of Camas-Washougal Names New Board Member

By Mark Edward Nero

John Spencer, a former city administrator for the city of North Bonneville, Wash., was officially selected on Sept. 22 to become the third member of the Port of Camas-Washougal Port Commission.

“I am honored and committed to doing something good with it,” Spencer said of his appointment after the commission meeting. Spencer was selected for the position by the incumbent board members after about a month-long process during which a handful of serious candidates were interviewed.

He will finish the term of former Commissioner Mark Lampton, who died of lung cancer on Aug. 3 at the age of 69. Lampton’s second, four-year term was to expire in late 2017.

Spencer, who was North Bonneville’s city administrator from June 2010 to August 2013, is expected to join the three-member panel on Oct. 6. He has not said whether he plans to run again for the seat once it is up for election again in two years. Since August 2013, Spencer has been a finance and management consultant with Pulse Consulting, a Camas-based business that specializes in government and medical management and business administrative services.

He also has recently served as managing consultant for the Cannabis Corner, a small, government-owned marijuana store just off state Highway 14 in North Bonneville that generated a substantial amount of national media attention when it first opened its doors in March.