UPDATE — Interim executive director under consideration for top post with Port of Port Angeles

By Paul Gottlieb
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Longview resident Ken O'Hollaren, interim executive director for the Port of Port Angeles, is the port commissioners' choice to take the agency's top administrative job on a permanent basis.

A draft executive director contract for O'Hollaren, the former Port of Longview executive director, was posted at the port's website under “agendas and minutes” for consideration by commissioners at their regular meeting Tuesday (click on: http://wa-portofportangeles.civicplus.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/64?html=true ).

Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the public meeting room at the port administrative building, 338 W. First St. in Port Angeles.

O'Hollaren was named interim director by commissioners July 29.

He took over from embattled former Executive Director Jeff Robb, who was rehired to the newly-created, unadvertised director of environmental affairs position the day he resigned June 24 as the port's highest paid employee because of “serious health issues.”

Robb's salary was and still is $138,000, but O'Hollaren's would be $145,000, according to the draft contract.

His interim director salary was about $11,500 a month, which annually would be $138,000.

O'Hollaren, selected by the commissioners to the permanent post without the job being advertised, also would be reimbursed for one weekly 370-mile round trip between his Longview residence and Port Angeles, according to the contract.

O'Hollaren, who was 58 when hired as interim director, also would receive a $750 monthly housing allowance for up to six months and be reimbursed for relocation expenses not to exceed $10,000.

"Mr. O'Hollaren will be granted six weeks of vacation leave and two weeks of sick leave upon the commencement date of employment," the draft contract says.

"Beginning on the first anniversary of the commencement date of employment, additional vacation leave shall accrue at the rate of six weeks per year. Beginning on the commencement date of employment, additional sick leave shall accrue in accordance with standard Port policy."

O'Hollaren did not return a call for comment early Sunday afternoon.

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Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5060, or at pgottlieb@peninsuladailynews.com.

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