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.
How Ports are Governed
Port districts in Washington are unique: they are governed by an elected commission, independent of other local jurisdictions. Commissioners are elected to either four- or six-year terms; if there are five members of a commission, they hold office for four years, which is the case for our five-member Port Commission. If there are three members, the term is six years. Commissioners may hold either district-specific or at-large positions, depending on port district policy. The Port of Anacortes has district-specific positions.
Port commissions establish long-term strategies for a port district, and create policies to guide the development, growth, and operation of the port. They are also responsible for a port’s annual budgets and approving tax levy rates. The Port of Anacortes Commission hires an Executive Director who directs Port staff.