Friday, January 5, 2018

New Port of Seattle CEO

By Karen Robes Meeks

Retired US Coast Guard Rear Admiral Stephen P. Metruck is expected to start as the Port of Seattle’s new executive director on February 1, the port recently announced.

In late December, following a months-long search, the port commission appointed Metruck, who previously served as Commander of the Mid-Atlantic Region in charge of 3,600 military and civilian personnel. Prior to that, he managed the US Coast Guard’s $10 billion budget. From 2005 to 2008, he was commander of Sector Puget Sound, where he oversaw the development of the nationally recognized Puget Sound Joint Harbor Operations Center.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to lead an organization with such significant economic impact for the region,” said Metruck. “Having served here before, I also know there is no better place in the country to live and work. I’m looking forward to being back.”

As executive director, Metruck will be tasked with leading the port through the modernization and expansion of Sea-Tac International Airport, managing Fishermen’s Terminal in support of the North Pacific Fishing Fleet, oversee the port’s real estate holdings and foster its thriving cruise business. He will be paid an annual salary of $350,000.

Commission Vice President Courtney Gregoire and Commissioner Fred Felleman, who co-chaired the Executive Director search committee, praised Metruck’s leadership experience and integrity.

“First and foremost, we sought a great public servant to lead our outstanding organization with transparency and strong values. Admiral Metruck brings an exemplary record of service and achievement to the Port of Seattle,” said Commission Vice President Courtney Gregoire. “We are thrilled to have his experience and leadership at a time of great growth and change. The Port is committed to expanding diversity and ensuring equality as we create new economic opportunities throughout the community.”

Metruck replaces former chief Ted Fick, who resigned last February.