Takes top job at Port of Chehalis
June, 4, 2014, The Reflector
Randy Mueller has resigned as director of business development at the Port of Ridgefield to become executive director of the Port of Chehalis.
Mueller has been at the Port of Ridgefield for a little more than seven years, and has been keeping an eye open for a new challenge the last year or two, Mueller said.
“I love Ridgefield but was looking to see what was out there,” he said. “Lewis County is particularly attractive because that’s where I’m from. I’ll be back closer to family and career-wise it’s a good step for me.”
Mueller concentrated on development of port properties at Ridgefield. His new position has wider responsibilities.
“The buck stops there,” he said of the executive director’s desk.
Mueller listed helping redevelop the Ridgefield waterfront as one of his most satisfying accomplishments during recent years.
The 1989 Chehalis High School graduate will begin his new job Mon., June 23. He succeeds interim director Dave Muller.
“The Port of Chehalis is really well positioned for future opportunities, especially with the work they’ve done preparing the land and building that freeway interchange,” Mueller said. “Now that the economy is back, the port is in great position.”
Mueller was a self-employed community development consultant before working at the Port of Ridgefield. In that capacity, he helped people on a non-partisan basis when it came to voter-approved measures focused on school classrooms, public libraries, public transit and education services.
He has a master’s degree in real estate development from Portland State University and has completed the executive management program at the University of Washington’s School of Public Affairs. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Washington State University’s Vancouver campus.