Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Tacoma Port Commission President Picked

By Mark Edward Nero

On Dec. 17, the Port of Tacoma’s five-member commission chose member Connie Bacon as its president for 2016. Commissioners Don Johnson and Clare Petrich also were sworn in following their November re-elections.

Bacon, who was first elected to the Commission in November 1997, succeeds Johnson as president. She is a former executive director of the World Trade Center Tacoma and spent eight years as special assistant to former Washington Gov. Booth Gardner.

She also serves as adviser to the Asia Pacific Cultural Center and Fuzhou Committee, is co-founder of Water Partners Tacoma, and is a member of the Port of Tacoma Audit Committee. She’s also a member of the advisory board to the Port of Tacoma Endowed Chair at the University of Washington Tacoma.

In 2016, the Port of Tacoma Commission will have the following configuration: Connie Bacon, president; Dick Marzano, vice president; Don Meyer, secretary; Clare Petrich, first assistant secretary; and Don Johnson, second assistant secretary.

The port’s five commissioners serve four-year terms, with officer positions rotating yearly.