By Jeff Chew, July 24, 2014, iFiber One News
Port of Moses Lake Executive Director Pat Jones is leaving at the end of August.
“I’ve served my three years and it’s time for me to go,” he said Wednesday.
Jones said he was leaving for personal reasons and that he enjoyed his time as the port’s top executive.
He plans to move back to Seattle.
Jones chose not to renew his contract, Port Commissioner Mike Conley said.
The port commissioners interviewed three candidates for the executive director opening.
Port commissioner President Stroud Kunkle said he expects a hiring decision as early as the port’s Wednesday, July 30, meeting.
The port commissioners narrowed the list to two finalists.
“We had really good candidates,” Kunkel said.
The search began in May after the commissioners learned Jones would not be seeking a contract renewal.
Conley said Jones will be missed.
“He’s done a good job for us,” Conley said.
Jones came to the Port of Moses Lake in August 2011, hired under a three-year contract after working as an independent consultant for about two years.
He served as executive director at Washington Public Ports Association for 16 years until December 2008.
Jones was director of government relations at the Port of Seattle from 1989 to December 1992. He also served in executive roles for the American Association of Port Authorities in the mid- to late 1980s.