Cory Wilson, of Bickleton, WA, was hired on with the Port in September of this year. The Port created a new position to help operate the new anaerobic digester that will be coming online soon, as well as assist with other wastewater operations. Wilson’s background is as an electrician for his family’s company in Bickleton, the H.O. Wilson Company. His experience as an electrician is helpful at the Port because of the many variable frequency drive motors the Port uses. Wilson enjoys the cross-training he’s received while working at the Port. His first week on the job, Wilson spent time with the technicians who take samples of the industrial wastewater. The Port wants the employees who work at the Operations Plant to be familiar with each other’s responsibilities so they can fill in where and if they are needed.
Angela Smith, of Sunnyside, WA, was hired on with the Port in November of this year. The Port’s long time Administrative Assistant, Vernita Coffey will be retiring at the end of this year, and Angela was brought in to train with Vernita before she leaves her post. Smith recently moved to Sunnyside, WA with her Husband after living in the Portland, OR area. Smith’s previous experience with the Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District in Oregon gave her great insight and experience when dealing with landowners and the public at large. Smith is excited to work with the Port, the local community and landowners. The job, similar to the position she held in Oregon, entails responsibilities such as payroll, payables, processing vendor statements, recording meeting minutes, as well as working with the public.