The Port of St. Helens is seeking applicants after Paulette Lichatowich resigned as Port Commissioner this past Friday.
The Port sent out a public notice on Wednesday afternoon, July 11, in search of hopeful candidates to fill the vacant commission seat. The board of commissioners consists of five seats, one having been left vacant by Lichatowich’s exit.
“Paulette was a great advocate for the environment. She cared deeply about that and I think that’s one of the reasons she spent so much time being involved in the public trying to make a difference,” said former Port President, now secondary vice president, Mike Avent.
“She was one that brought to the table a lot of times the other side of the issue, and I always thought that was extremely important because it always gave me something to think about.“
Avent said Lichatowich was one of the hardest working commissioners.
“Even though we didn’t always agree on everything, she had a passion for the environment and she really cared and wanted to make a difference, and to me that’s what it’s all about,” Avent said, saying Lichatowich did a great job as Port commissioner.
According to Port policy “the position found vacant shall be filled at the next regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners by nomination and vote of the remaining Commissioners.” At the Port of St. Helens Board of Commissioners meeting on Wednesday, July 11, the commissioners decided to open up the election process, forgoing the appointment policy.
Gina Sisco, Port of St. Helens public relations, said the plan was to have a new commissioner appointed by next month.
Port Commissioner Larry Ericksen informed the other commissioners by phone at the July 11 board meeting that if they don’t fill the vacant position in a timely manner, the Governor of the State of Oregon would appoint someone. Avent confirmed that they had received an official notice the same day.
“As newbies’ in the group we kind of formed a bond working with each other on making the port more accessible to the public,” Ericksen said reffering to Lichatowich’s resignation.
To apply, the port invites requests a one-page letter introducing yourself to the commission, explaining what you think the Port does and how you would be an asset. Applications are due no later than Friday, July 20, at 4 p.m. Please submit via email to email@example.com or mail to Port of St. Helens, PO Box 190, Columbia City, OR, 97018.
Please contact the Port office at (503) 397-2888 with any questions. The new commissioner will serve until June 30, 2019.
Also at the meeting, as it was the first board meeting in July and of the new fiscal year, the commission elected a new president, vice president, secondary vice president and secretary. Chris Iverson was elected as president, Larry Ericksen as vice president, Mike Avent as secondary vice president and Robert Keyser as secretary.