New Port of Camas-Washougal Commissioner To Be Sworn In

Washougal, Wash. – September 29, 2015 – The Port of Camas-Washougal today announced that Greg Kimsey, Clark County Auditor, will attend the October 6 regular meeting to administer the oath of office to John Spencer as the new District 1 commissioner for the Port. Spencer will fulfill the term held by Mark Lampton, who passed away August 3 after a battle with cancer. The balance of that term runs through December 31, 2017.

Commissioners Bill Ward and Bill Macrae-Smith made the decision to appoint John Spencer during open session at the September 22 meeting following a six-week period during which the position was advertised, tours of the Port with interested candidates were given by Executive Director David Ripp, and interviews were conducted during an open public meeting. A total of eight applications for the District 1 position were received.

John Spencer is a pilot, former City Administrator for North Bonneville, and is currently a financial consultant. Following the swearing-in ceremony on October 6, Spencer will begin serving as the third member of the Port of Camas-Washougal commission and participate in his first meeting as District 1 representative.



The port brings jobs and recreational opportunities through a 400-acre industrial park, a 79-hangar general aviation airport and 350-slip pleasure boat marina. Grove Field is a small, general aviation airport with a state-of-the-art fueling station and 14 tie-downs in addition to the hangars. The marina is the largest publicly owned marina on the Washington side of the Columbia River and has a floating restaurant, launch ramp, nearby hotel, fueling station, electricity on the breakwater/guest dock, and is homeport to the Dolphin Yacht Club. Recently acquired and in the planning stages, are 13.25 acres of Waterfront Property which connects to a 14-acre parcel of port-owned land to the east. The industrial park boasts a 90+ percent occupancy rate of more than 40 businesses with an annual payroll of $8.9 million and is adjacent to Steigerwald Commerce Center, 100+ acres of property currently under development. The port also manages Captain William Clark Park at Cottonwood Beach, the adjacent protective levee and Parkersville National Historic site.

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David Ripp 
Executive Director
(360) 835-5560

Mary Murphy 
Executive Assistant
(360) 835-8098

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