Port of Othello
705 E. Hemlock St.
Othello, WA 99344
The Port's commission is made up of three elected officials, serving six year terms.
Chairman, Commissioner Kenny Schutte
Kenny Schutte just began his fourth term as Port Commissioner, having first taken office in 2000. He is a local farmer and businessman and has sat on the boards of the Washington State Mint Council and the Federal Spearmint Marketing Order. Kenny is a past board member of CHS.
Vice Chairman, Commissioner Terry Thompson
Terry was elected to the board in the fall of 2007, taking office in 2008. His current term runs thru December 2021. Terry owns Thompson Circle Farms, and farmed and ranched until 2002. At that time he became a licensed real estate agent specializing in farm sales. He is very active in the community sitting on several boards to include Adams County Development Council where he is currently the Vice President, Adams Co. Hospital District, The Chamber of Commerce where he was president in 2014, Boy Scouts of America, and was Othello Citizen of the Year in 2002. Terry also acts as an auctioneer in his spare time.
Commissioner Gary Weaver
Gary Weaver's experience is in potato farming and crop insurance. He also has had several small businesses, held a real estate license, and is a licensed pilot.
Duties of a Port Commissioner
A port commissioner is elected by the public and serves as a member of the port commission for a six-year term. The port commission is primarily responsible for:
- Planning, Goal Setting, Evaluation
The port commission helps plan the port's future, and then guides the port's activities in that direction. This planning process involves the port commission, executive director, port staff, customers and citizens/voters. The process usually includes identifying a port's mission and goals, and developing strategies to achieve them. The port commission is ultimately responsible for evaluating and updating the planning process.
- Port District Policy Making
The port commission develops and adopts port district policies and governs operations. For example, developing guidelines for long-term economic development, establishing positions and employment policies, and adopting budgets.
The port commission approves and adopts an annual budget. Some of the key budget decisions include authorizing and adopting tax levy amounts, adopting policies, and disposing and distributing supplies, property, and equipment.
- Designating the Port's Executive Director/Manager
The port commission is responsible for recruiting, hiring and evaluating the performance of the port's chief executive. The commission delegates responsibility to this port administrator, then respects that delegated authority.