Port Appoints Former Director of Operations to Commission

Will fulfill 2 years of remaining district #2 term

Longview, WA– Having the distinction of 28 years of port industry experience, Port of Longview commissioners unanimously appointed former Director of Terminal Operations Doug Averett as District #2 Commissioner. He will fulfill the remaining two years of Lou Johnson’s term, who resigned from the commission in June for personal reasons.

Averett was selected from a pool of eight candidates because of his deep understanding of the Port and its facilities, coupled with his long working relationships with Port customers, staff and the longshore union.

“I felt like there needed to be continuity,” said Averett, who noted that the Port was facing the possibility of two new commissioners without maritime backgrounds. The District #3 position will be up for election this fall; current Commissioner Darold Dietz is not seeking re-election.

“We had some very strong contenders for the position,” Dietz noted. “Ultimately it was Doug’s unique industry insights and expertise that set him apart and those will prove to be valuable assets as we move forward.”

The Board of Commissioners is comprised of three elected members representing the citizens of the Port district. Commissioners serve six-year terms and set governing policy for the Port of Longview.


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