On January 31, 2013, Commissioner Gael Tarleton will resign from the Seattle Port Commission. Under Washington law, the commission has 90 days after the resignation to designate a replacement. Seattle Port Commissioner John Creighton hopes to find the right person to fill this open position, and he’s being vocal about what attributes he thinks make a good commissioner.
Since the commission is relatively small, cooperation between members is key. Commissioner Creighton hopes to find an applicant who is committed to clear and open communication, ensuring that the commission runs smoothly without interpersonal conflicts.
“I’d like to find an appointee who has the courage and integrity to say what they mean and mean what they say,” Commissioner Creighton says. “If someone is prone to not being upfront or hiding information in a small board like this, the group can become incredibly dysfunctional incredibly quickly. We need to work together as a team to achieve all of our goals, so the ability to work well in a collaborative environment is vital.”
Commissioner Creighton would also like to ensure that the appointee is invested in the success of the community, and is willing to do a significant amount of work for a relatively low level of compensation.
“This position involves about 20 hours of work per week, but the monthly salary is only $500 per month,” says Commissioner Creighton. “A commissioner is also expected to participate on port-related outside boards and handle other port-related responsibilities throughout the week. We need someone who has the financial flexibility to handle all of this work for a low level of compensation. Ideally, we’ll find someone who feels so strongly about the community that the position is worth doing no matter how small the paycheck might be.”
Applicants have until February 1 to respond. The commission hopes to hold a vote to appoint the new commissioner sometime during the month of March. Commissioner Creighton will be one of four commissioners selecting the new board member.
“I hope all qualified people will apply and take advantage of this opportunity to serve the people of King County,” Commissioner Creighton says.