Friday, January 5, 2018

New Bellingham Commissioners

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Bellingham welcomed its newest commissioners this week with the swearing in of Michael Shepard and Ken Bell.

Shepard teaches at Goucher College and is a research associate at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies at Western Washington University.

Bell, who is president and CEO of waste management company Best Recycling, will also serve as President of the Board of Commissioners for 2018.

“I am pleased to welcome Michael Shepard and Ken Bell to the Port’s Board of Commissioners,” said Port Executive Director Rob Fix. “Commissioner Shepard has worked on a broad range of issues important to the Port of Bellingham including workforce development, marine resource management, and affordable housing. Commissioner Bell is a successful businessman with experience working with major ports throughout the world and on contaminated property redevelopment projects like those that exist at the Port of Bellingham. Commissioners Shepard and Bell bring a wide array of skills and interests that will benefit our business community, the environment, and the citizens of Whatcom County.”