Former Port Orchard mayor picked as Port of Allyn’s new executive director

Arla Shephard, March, 10, 2015, Kitsap Sun

Lary Coppola, former mayor of Port Orchard, has been named the new executive director for the Port of Allyn and will start the job Wednesday.


Coppola was selected from 42 applicants for the position. He previously applied for the position in 2013, but the port selected former Executive Director Rusty Bonser for the role. Bonser’s contract was terminated at the end of 2014.


Coppola served as Port Orchard’s mayor 2008-12. He was defeated by Tim Matthes in the November 2011 election.


Coppola is the president and CEO of Wet Apple Media, which he founded in 1987.


Since 2013, Coppola also has worked as a political and business consultant for the Gerson Lehrman Group, where his specialties were government and political affairs, public policy, government management, economic development and other issues.


“The Port’s fiscally conservative policies are very compatible with my own management philosophies,” Coppola wrote in a Jan. 16 cover letter to the Port of Allyn. “You’ll find me tight with the public’s dollar.”


Knowing how to recognize unintended consequences of financial decisions is key to be a leader today, Coppola continued.


“Fiscal decisions always have far-reaching and sometimes unintended consequences for the taxpayers,” he wrote. “This is why successful non-government business experience can prove to be a distinct advantage in today’s economic climate.”


The port is looking forward to what Coppola will bring to the table, said Port of Allyn commissioner and chairwoman Jean Farmer.


“The port commission is excited about Mr. Coppola and the direction that the port is going,” she said. “It was a unanimous vote of the commission, and we are happy to have Lary join our team. We are looking forward to some great projects.”


Coppola’s salary and benefits package will total $80,000, according to the Port of Allyn.


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