Friday, August 31, 2018

Help Choose Olympia’s New Executive Director

By Karen Robes Meeks

Karras Consulting has been tapped to help the Port of Olympia search and select its new executive director and a recruitment plan is being developed.

The port is asking the community to weigh in on the selection by inviting the population to take a survey on what a potential candidate needs in terms of background and qualifications.

Residents will get a chance to meet finalists during a public forum in late 2018.

After serving 12 years, Executive Director Ed Galligan resigned after the port commission placed him on administrative leave. In June, the port said the move was necessary to make “a leadership change that would be instrumental in positioning the Port for the future.”

Galligan agreed to be available as an on-call consultant if necessary.

Airport director Rudy Rudolph will serve as port interim executive director while the search takes shape. Residents have until the end of October to visit and take the survey.