Friday, September 8, 2017

Everett Commissioner Resigns

By Karen Robes Meeks

A job relocation to Massachusetts has prompted Port of Everett Commissioner Troy McClelland to resign his post as commissioner of District 1, which includes parts of the waterfront in North Everett and east to the Snohomish River.

“It has been a true honor to get to work with a wonderful staff and port commission,” he said. “I think we have accomplished some great things during my nearly seven years on the port commission. I will never forget my time at the Port of Everett, and will continue to follow the Port of Everett’s success with great interest and admiration.”

During his tenure, McClelland helped to lead the port’s efforts to clean up historic contamination, include the 41st Street Freight Corridor in the Connecting Washington Transportation Plan and deepen the port’s role as an economic development resource for Snohomish County.

“Troy is a tremendous visionary, and the port district will greatly miss his leadership,” Port CEO Les Reardanz said. “His efforts to get the port to think and act more like an economic development enterprise for the region will be the stepping stone for initiatives the port pursues during its next 100 years.”

State law stipulates that a new commissioner is to be appointed within 90 days of a resignation. How that interim position will be filled will be discussed at a commission meeting at 5 p.m. on September 12 at the Blue Heron Conference Room, 1205 Craftsman Way in Everett.

The appointee will be in place until the next election. Voters will then chose someone to fill the remainder of McClelland’s term, which expires in 2021.