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 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, ...
Commissioner Kenny Schutte
Kenny Schutte is a local farmer and businessman, harvesting potatoes, mint and beans.
Commissioner Terry Thompson
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.