Photo courtesy: Sue Gunn
Port of Olympia commissioner Sue Gunn announced her resignation on March 13, 2015, saying “I’ve decided that I need to prioritize my fragile health and that my position at the Port isn’t conducive to healing. Hence I’ve decided to resign effective April 1.” Commissioner Gunn is recovering from surgery on her heart December 18, 2014 and associated complications.
This blog supported Gunn in her campaign for public office specifically because she brought fresh ideas and did not support the status quo at the port. While she had differences with the commission on occasion, some of the issues she brought to the forefront for a discussion were:
* a proposal to eliminate the ports citizens advisory committee and creating two new community advisory councils one focused on the airport, the other on the marine terminal.
* the need for a proposed fuel dock at Swantown Marina
* articulating support for strategic planning
* extensive outreach into the community and all voters of the district.
Candidate Gunn came to Yelm seeking to bring Yelm into a more active role in Port affairs.
I applaud her for that effort, giving us voters out here a voice and consideration, which I found refreshing.
I wrote Commissioner Gunn and said in part:
“The conversation you began to have voters see the Port in a different way opened doors to many new & exciting potentials.
I, for one, salute your service to the public and in bringing your vision to the fore, for your legacy will be felt way into the future from your all-too-short tenure!