Commission Vacancy

There is currently a vacancy on the Port of Anacortes Board of Commissioners for District 3 due to the resignation of Commissioner Joe Verdoes. The Board of Commissioners will appoint someone to fill the remainder of his term, which will expire in November 2023.

The appointee will have the option of running for the seat in the November 2023 election.

Mission Statement
In partnership with public agencies and private business, develop and manage facilities and services which stimulate private job creation and commerce, while protecting the quality of life, needs and desires of area residents.

Thank you for your interest in serving the Community as a member of the Port of Anacortes Commission.

The timeline for filling the Commission vacancy is as follows:

Thursday, February 16, 2023: Information Session
Friday, February 24, 2023: Applications due to the Port of Anacortes by 4:00 PM
Thursday, March 2, 2023: Candidate Interviews
Monday, March 13, 2023: Swearing in Ceremony

To be considered, your online application must be completed and received by the Port of Anacortes no later than 4:00 PM on Friday, February 24. 2023. Applications received after 4:00 PM will not be accepted. Additional written information after this date will not be accepted unless requested by the Port of Anacortes Commission.

To be considered for this position, please submit an online application, including a 1 page cover letter indicating your interest and general qualifications for the position and a resume of no more than 2 pages.

Questions should be directed to Cassie Novak at (360) 299-1804 or

To be eligible to be appointed to the Port of Anacortes Commission, you:

  • Must be a resident within District 3 of the Port of Anacortes district boundaries; and
  • Must be a registered voter in Skagit County.

Please note:

  • Once a Commissioner application is filed with the Port of Anacortes, it is a public record available to the public (RCW 42.56).
  • The applications received from all candidates who meet the minimum requirements of state law, along with the answers to the supplemental questions, will be posted on the Port of Anacortes’ website prior to interviews being held.
  • If appointed, you will be required by state law to file financial disclosure statements with the Washington Disclosure Commission (

The Port of Anacortes is a municipal corporation which exercises local governmental powers. A five-member Board of Commissioners, elected for four-year terms by Port District voters, acts as the Port’s policy-making and regulatory body. The Commission duties include establishing long-term strategies for the Port district, creating policies to guide the development, growth and operation of the Port, adopting the Port’s operating and capital budget, and certifying property tax levies. The Commission delegates administrative authority to an Executive Director and staff to conduct daily operations of the Port. Information on the legal authority of Port districts and the roll of Port Commissioners is available through the Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) and Washington Public Ports Association (WPPA).

The duties of a Port Commissioner will likely involve an average minimum commitment of 8-12 hours per month for preparation, participation and attendance at various meetings and community activities. Beyond the broad duties previously mentioned, Commission duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Required attendance at Regular Port Commission meetings, which are held on the first and third Thursday evenings of each month at 6:00 PM. Work/Study Sessions are typically held on Tuesdays prior to the second meeting of the month at 4:30 PM. Additionally, the Port of Anacortes Commission President may call Special Commission Meetings to handle Port business.
  • Commissioners are expected to serve on regional boards and committees and to represent the Port Commission at various community functions. These various meetings and functions occur normally during the evenings, but may also occur occasionally on weekends, and during weekdays.
  • Advise the Executive Director on long-rang planning. Approve basic long- and short-range operating plans and budgets as recommended by the Executive Director in keeping with established direction, objectives and policies.
  • Decide on matters which exert major influence on the manner in which the Port’s business is conducted; and in general, protect and make the most effective use of the Port of Anacortes’ assets.

The monthly Commissioner salary as of January 1, 2023 is $600 per month. In addition, Commissioners are paid $128 per meeting, up to 96 meetings per year (1 meeting per day only). Port Commissioners are also entitled to medical, dental, vision and life insurance benefits.

Applicant NameApplicationCover LetterResume
Garth FrazerApplicationCover LetterResume
Shawn OttenbreitApplicationCover LetterResume
Larry ForsytheApplicationCover LetterResume
Michael JohnsonApplicationCover LetterResume
Jay PethApplicationCover LetterResume
Stuart JankeApplicationCover LetterResume