Port of Seattle vacancy is open to King County voters

January 24, 2013

By Staff

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 24, 2013

Residents interested in trade, tourism and transportation can apply for soon-to-open seat on the Port of Seattle Commission — a group of officials responsible for overseeing the Port of Seattle and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Commissioner Gael Tarleton intends to resign from the commission Jan. 31 to serve in the state House of Representatives.

Under state law, the commission is allowed 90 days to appoint Tarleton’s successor.

The position is open to U.S. and Washington residents eligible to vote in King County. Candidates must submit application materials by noon Feb. 1.

Commissioners plan to then decide on a slate of semifinalists and appoint Tarleton’s successor in March. The decision is made by majority vote at a public commission meeting.

The half-time position pays $500 per month, includes benefits and requires some travel.

Tarleton’s successor is expected to serve until the November general election. The appointee can then run to fill the remaining years in Tarleton’s term through December 2015.

Learn more about the vacancy and the Port of Seattle Commission at the commission website, http://bit.ly/O4ohxw.

“We are undertaking an ambitiously open process to fill this vacancy and continue the momentum of our Century Agenda,” commission President Tom Albro said in a statement. “The commission will alter the schedule if necessary to ensure we have a robust process, but we believe our schedule allows opportunities for public comment and a thoughtful review of interested candidates.”

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