Port of Allyn Hires New Director

September 5, 2013, Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal

The Port of Allyn board of commissioners hired Rusty Bonser as the new executive director, effective in September. He succeeds Bonnie Knight, who retired after 15 years with the port but will continue on a short-term contract to help with the transition.

Bonser’s most recent job was with the Okanogan County Dispute Resolution Center, where he was executive director since 2009. His background includes land planning and economic development in two other states besides Washington, both in the public and private sectors.

Judy Scott, chair of the port commission, said Bonser was selected out of 39 candidates, including five finalists, because of his economic development and conflict resolution experience.

“He’s had the most qualifications for the goals of the port,” she said. “He’ll add more expertise to the job.”

One of the port’s goals, she said, is to create a light industrial park in the North Mason area and bring more jobs. “We’d like to bring revenue to the port rather than rely on taxpayers,” she said.

Bonser said he was attracted to the port job because of the opportunities he sees for the Allyn and Belfair areas. “The job that has been done (at the port) has been impressive and I want to build on it,” he said. “I see a lot of potential (for development) now that the economy is recovering.”

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