Armstrong to Switch from Port Employee to Contractor

By Christine Pratt, December 7, 2013, Wenatchee World

Armstrong, a former 12th District state legislator, will be a port employee through year end. Starting next year, he’ll earn $5,000 per month under contract with the port to lobby state agencies in Olympia for funding for port projects and work toward legislation that favors port operations, Mark Urdahl, port director, said Saturday.

Those projects include a new round of wastewood removal at the port’s Cashmere mill site property and an effort to rehabilitate a dilapidated secondary runway at Pangborn Memorial Airport, Urdahl said.

As a contractor, Armstrong will be able to take on other clients, but will have to report who they are to port officials, Urdahl said.

Armstrong, 56, has been working for the port since 2008. He lost his reelection bid to the state legislature last year to Brad Hawkins.

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