Port Commissioners

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John Pope Commission President 2017
District 4 | Term Expires: December 31, 2019
Phone: (360) 293-7837

Commissioner Pope was initially elected Port Commissioner in 2015. Mr. Pope received Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering degrees from the University of Washington and is a Licenses Professional Engineer. He is a retired Manager of Engineering and Maintenance spanning a 34-year career in refining. Mr. Pope is the founding president of the Anacortes Small Boat Center and has served on the Anacortes School Board, the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce Executive Board and the Skagit Regional Transportation Planning Organization. He has been an active participant on steering committees for a number of outdoor trail systems on Fidalgo Island and is a longtime member of the Anacortes Noon Kiwanis Club. Mrs. Pope is retiired and also active in the Anacortes Community.


Joe Verdoes Commissioner 2017 
District 3 | Term Expires: December 31, 2019
Phone: (360) 299-0401

Commissioner Verdoes was initially elected Port Commissioner in 2015. Mr. Verdoes is self-employed as a Puget Sound commercial fisherman and local businessman. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration fromt he University of Washington and a Master's Degree in Developmental Studies from Deakin University, Geelong, Austrialia. Mr. Verdoes was a member of the Port's Marina Advisory Committee for seven years. Before becoming a commerical fisherman in1994, Mr. Verdoes was employed as an economic development officer for a small Australian community and operated a dairy farm in Mount Vernon, Washington. Mrs. Verdoes is employed in the family business.


Ray Niver Commission Secretary 2017
District 1 | Term Expires: December 31, 2017
Phone: (360) 299-0306

Commissioner Niver was initially elected Port Commissioner in 2001. Mr. Niver received a B.S. degree from the University of Washington. He is a retired systems analyst with experience in both the private and public sector.


Keith Rubin Commission Vice-President  2017
District 5 | Term Expires: December 31, 2017
Phone: (360) 588-6097

Commissioner Rubin was initially elected Port Commissioner in 2005. Mr. Rubin's careers includes a variety of work on ferries, dredging, commercial fishing and seafood processing. He has owned and run several successful small businesses. Mr. and Mrs. Rubin are retired and spend time growing food on their small family farm. Mr. Rubin is a lifelong boater and is a volunteer with several boating organizations. 


William L. Short Commissioner 2017
District 2 | Term Expires: December 31, 2017
Phone: (360) 293-8844

Commissioner Short was initially elected Port Commissioner in 2001. Mr. Short’s career included experience as a design engineer, aircraft administrator, college level business and economic professor, restaurant operator/owner and finally as an independent stockbroker of his own firm for 18 years. Mr. Short retired to Anacortes in 1996. Mr. Short has a BBA degree in Business Administration and an MBA, both from California Western University. Mr. Short is active in the Kiwanis Club's Thrift Store. He and Mrs. Short enjoy sailing and travel. Both are retired.

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HISTORICAL DIRECTORY OF OFFICIALS

 

Commissioners                                    Years served                                                       Manager / Executive Director

Howard J. Sackett                             1926 - 1930                                                          Howard J. Sackett               1930 - 1935

W. F. McCracken                                1926 - 1935                                                          Clyde Webb                         1935 - 1947

E. C. Howe                                         1926 - 1929                                                          Lloyd Foster                         1947 - 1959

W. W. Keyes                                       1929 - 1934                                                          Robert Keller                        1959 - 1982

David R. Gilkey                                 1930                                                                       Ken Kirkland                        1982

P. F. Norman                                      1930 - 1932                                                          Joseph E. Baier                    1983 - 1990    

Wilson J. Parks                                  1932 - 1938                                                          Benjamin Root                     1991

D. V. Neeley                                       1934 - 1944                                                          Brian F. Shortt                      1992 - 1997

E. C. Kaune                                        1935 - 1939                                                          Patricia A. Howe (Interim) 1997

W. H. Erholm                                      1938 - 1945                                                          Richard Aschieris               1997 - 2000

T. B. Morrison                                     1939 - 1947                                                          Dan Stahl                             2000 - 2005

Berent Rydberg                                  1944 - 1968                                                        Robert Elsner (Interim)       2006

Russell C. Brown                               1945 - 1947                                                         Robert W. Hyde                   2006 - 2014   

Paul C. Dybbro                                   1947 - 1949                                                         John Hachey (Interim)       2014 - 2015  

I. E. Cahail                                           1947 - 1949                                                          Daniel C. Worra                 2015          

J. R. Lewis                                           1949 - 1960                                                                         

Mel Halgren                                         1949 - 1965                                                                         

Howard Beckman                               1960 - 1964                                                         

Egill L. Peterson                                  1964 - 1967                                                                                         

Don L. McKee                                     1965 - 1967                                                                         

Douglas P. Burton                               1967 - 1979                                                                                         

E. A. Andrews                                      1967 - 1971                                                         

E. A. Strom                                           1968 - 1983                                                                         

Del Reisner                                          1971 - 1981                                                                              

Tom Kassler                                         1980 - 1985                                                                                           

Bill Vaux                                               1982 - 1984                                                                                              

Ken Thibert                                          1984 - 1987                                                                                                

Don Childs                                           1984 - 1987                                                                                                

Benjamin Root                                    1986 - 1991                                 

Murray Goddard                                 1987              

Merrill Thibert                                     1987 - 1993                  

Don Childs (re-elected)                   1988 - 1993

James F. Torrence                             1991      

Francis Barcott                                  1991 - 1995                                                       

Irv York                                                1993

      November 1993 – Increased from 3 to 5 Commissioners in three districts – Two positions- 4 & 5 “At Large” added

Merrill Thibert                                     1993 - 2003                                                                                                

Stan Kurowski                                    1993 - 1997               

Richard Nelson                                  1993 - 1999                               

Ken Moore                                          1994 - 2001                                                                                                

Gale Brink                                           1995 - 1997

Spencer Swain                                   1997 - 2001

Chuck Mallary                                     1998 - 2005

Pat D. Mooney                                     2000 - 2004 

Ray Niver                                             2002 -

William L. Short                                   2002 -

      January 2003 – Adopted Five Commissioner Districts with no “At Large” positions

Steve Hopley                                    2004 - 2011                                                                   

Brian R. Wetcher                              2004 - 2005

Pat D. Mooney                                  2005 - 2015

Keith Rubin                                       2006 -

Bob Eberle                                        2012 - 2015

John Pope                                        2016-

Joe Verdoes                                     2016 -

 

Terms are January – December of each year unless otherwise noted