After an extensive search that narrowed the field to three candidates in December, the Port of Olympia announced it has appointed Sam Gibboney to be its new executive director.

Port of Olympia, executive director, Olympia, new hire, Sam Gibboney

Sam Gibboney. Courtesy Port of Olympia.

Prior to accepting this position, Gibboney served as the Port of Port Townsend’s executive director. She also has years of experience in community development, public works, and environmental leadership, according to a statement released by the port.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to lead an organization with such significant economic impact,” said Sam Gibboney. “I look forward to joining the Port of Olympia team and getting to know the Thurston County community.”

Gibboney will play a major role in executing the port’s Strategic Plan, which was adopted in 2017, as well the port’s Vision 2050 community engagement measure.

“The Commission strived for a great public servant to lead our organization with transparency and strong values,” said Commission President E.J. Zita. “We are thrilled to have Sam’s experience and leadership as we progress and change.”

Gibboney will begin working on Jan. 22, with an annual salary of $175,000.