This morning, the Port of Olympia announced the three finalists in the running to be the port’s next executive director. The candidates are as follows.

Sam Gibboney served as executive director of the Port of Port Townsend for two years, until August 2018. Her additional experience includes serving as director of community development, director of environmental resources, and deputy director of public works for San Juan County. For 13 years, she also was the principal and owner of ISE Consultants, a role in which she provided project management, planning, and other services to government agencies and nonprofits.

Geir-Eilif Kalhagen recently served as the director of Northern California and the Pacific Northwest regions for Metro Ports for two years. Kalhagen also worked as the CEO of the Port of Longview for four years, as the operations manager for Southeast Asia and the West Coast for Star Shipping for seven years, and as the operations manager for Stevedoring Services of America and the general manager of Tidal Transport and Trading for eight years.

Dan Stahl has been serving as the chief operating officer of the Port of Longview since January 2017. For the 11 years prior, Stahl worked as the director of maritime at the Port of Bellingham. He also served for 12 years as the executive director of the Port of Anacortes.

According to the Port of Olympia, the finalists will take separate tours of the port’s facilities and properties and meet with the port’s staff in the coming days.

After the tours, the public is invited to meet with the three candidates at a public forum from 3-5 p.m. on Dec. 20 at the Hilton Garden Inn at 2101 Henderson Park Lane Southeast in Olympia.

On Dec. 21, the full Port of Olympia Commission will interview each finalist during an executive session. A final decision on the candidate to be hired is expected to be announced that afternoon.

The search for the port’s executive director was conducted by Karras Consulting. Thirty-seven people applied for the job, according to a statement released by the port.


Thumbnail photo courtesy Port of Olympia.