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Port holds off on contract offer to executive director pick

February 26th, 2014 - 9:05am

(Port Angeles) Port of Port Angeles Commissioners held off on offering an employment contract for a permanent executive director.

But Ken O'Hollaren should get the contract in the next two weeks.

O'Hollaren is the Interim Executive Director of the Port, having signed on last summer.

When the Port decided to hire an executive search firm to find a new executive director, O'Hollaren told port commissioners he was interested. Commissioners have decided to pull out of the search contract and hire O'Hollaren. That will save about $45-thousand dollars in fees to the search firm.

However, commissioners have decided to give the public a chance to input their thoughts, rather than offer the contract right now.

Commissioner president Jim Hallett, says the commission felt there should be a meeting, probably next week, with the public invited.

Hallett said he felt strongly that the entire process be as transparent as possible.

O'Hollaren and his wife currently live in Longview, and will soon be shopping for a home in Port Angeles. O'Hollaren had served as the Port of Longview's executive director for 24 years before retiring.

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