Clallam Transit to begin search for new manager

By Rob Ollikainen
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Clallam Transit has jump-started an in-house search to replace retiring General Manager Terry Weed.

The public agency’s governing board voted 7-0 Monday to approve a vacancy announcement, position description and schedule for selecting Weed’s successor.

Weed, 64, hopes to retire in July.

He declined to set a firm date for his departure to give Clallam Transit flexibility should it take longer to find a replacement, he said.

“I think at least the board needs to recognize how important that is and how much that should be respected,” said Mike Chapman, a Clallam County commissioner and Transit board member who sits on the general manager recruitment committee.

Weed started working for Clallam Transit as a dispatch supervisor in 1980. He was promoted to operations manager in 1984 and became general manager in January 2005.

“For new board members, Terry led this organization during the depths of the Great Recession,” Chapman said in Monday’s meeting at the Clallam Transit headquarters in Port Angeles.

“You didn’t lead us in a way where we asked for new taxes. We didn’t drastically cut services.

“You should be commended for all of that publicly.”

$104,030 a year

Weed, who oversees 90 employees and a $13.4 million operations and capital projects budget, has earned $104,030 per year since 2010.

The salary range for the next general manager is $85,000 to $104,000.

“We’re not going to settle,” said Chapman, who tried to convince Weed to stay.

“We’re not trying to replace Terry, but we need someone of his caliber.”

In retirement, Weed and his wife, Sheryl, plan to stay in the Port Angeles area and spend more time with their four grown children and extended family.

“You could have stayed here another 10 years as far as this board is concerned, but obviously, times change, and people change,” Chapman said.

“Your time and your tenure comes to an end at your choosing and your choosing only.”

Recommend in April

According to the board-approved schedule, the recruitment committee will review applications and recommend two semifinalists to the full board in April.

The semifinalists will be interviewed in May, a selection will be announced in June, and the new general manager will start in July, according to the plan.

The committee will be shepherded by retired Clallam Transit Administrative Services Manager Sandie Barnhart, who is well-connected to the state Department of Transportation in Olympia, Chapman said.

“She is still interested enough to want to come back and help us out on this exercise,” Weed said.

Weed added that he will leave the organization in the capable hands of a highly respected, professional staff.

“They really know what they’re doing,” Weed said.

“The company is in good hands, it really is, and I’ll do whatever I can to help you out to figure out the transition here.”

Past board Chairman Patrick Downie, a Port Angeles City Council member, recalled Weed’s “courtesy, kindness and gentlemanly approach” with a legally blind woman who was concerned about the safety of a new bus stop at the Port Angeles Walmart in 2010.

Weed and Downie rode the bus to Walmart with the woman — Sue Liedtke of Forks — to gain an appreciation for Liedtke’s concerns about the crossing of U.S. Highway 101.

“I just was extraordinarily impressed with the way he handled that,” Downie said.

“He was very personable, very sincere and very respectful.”

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Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5072, or at rollikainen@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: February 26. 2013 6:02PM
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