What does a Port Commissioner do?

Port Commissioners are elected to represent the needs and values of the Port district. For the Port of Tacoma, this includes the entirety of Pierce County. This is separate from the role of executive director, who oversees the application of Commission priorities in daily operations.

“The Port of Tacoma is lead by five commissioners who are elected to four-year terms by the citizens of Pierce County. The commission hires the executive director, sets policy and strategic direction, and approves all major expenditures” (www.portoftacoma.com).

Who can become a Port Commissioner?

Eligible candidates must be registered voters in Pierce County. All Commissioners are elected At-Large by the entire county.

It is not the going out of port, but the coming in, that determines the success of a voyage. (Henry Ward Beecher)

How Washington Ports Work: https://www.washingtonports.org/about-our-ports

Port of Tacoma, Strategic Plan (2021-2026): https://www.portoftacoma.com/planning/2021-2026-strategic-plan