Port commissioner says executive director attempted to ‘deceive the public’
- Editor’s note: I have been quite concerned for some time about the issues from the Port of Olympia Commission raised by previous female commissioners and/or candidates!
- I applaud Commissioner Evans for speaking out.
By Port of Olympia Commissioner Amy Evans Harding via The JOLT News:
I am speaking as one Port of Olympia Commissioner, not on behalf of the Commission body.
The Port of Olympia has had ongoing issues with culture and leadership. There have been numerous articles describing the Letter of No Confidence in our Executive Director signed by 22 Port Employees. We have seen turnover of all but one of our ED’s direct reports. Six recent separation agreements have cost taxpayers nearly $200,000 in payouts. Our strategic plan outlines culture as a top priority. Public records show we have been investing heavily in attempts to improve culture. I believe all three Commissioners are committed to stabilizing the organization to cultivate a healthy culture where Port staff are supported, and our mission can be carried out.
As we all agree, culture starts at the top. The Commission was elected to lead this organization. I believe a strong and unbudging commitment to truth is fundamental to a healthy organizational culture. As a public agency, truth is also critical in earning, maintaining, and rebuilding the trust of the public. The public record shows there have been many Executive Sessions regarding performance of an employee authorized under (RCW 42.30.110(1)(g)). The content of these meetings is protected. Because I had a planned absence from the last Executive Session, I was briefed outside of this meeting, which allows me to share the information I am speaking to tonight.
Read more from Port of Olympia Commissioner Amy Evans Harding.
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