Commission

The Port of Olympia is a municipal corporation governed by three elected commissioners who set policies and objectives. Each commissioner represents a district within Thurston county and serves a 4-year term.

Access Remote Meetings

The public may join Commission meetings from your computer, tablet or smartphone.  Please refer to the meeting agenda for the Zoom link.  

Written public comments may be submitted to the Commission Coordinator by 12:00 p.m. on the date of the meeting using the Public Comment Form. All written comments will be compiled and sent to the Commissioners prior to the meeting.

Remote Meetings Due to COVID-19

Port Commission meetings will be conducted in accordance with the Governor’s Proclamation 20-28. The proclamation temporarily suspends the ability of an agency to take “action” on matters at a meeting unless they are:

(1) Matters necessary and routine, OR (2) Necessary to respond to the outbreak and current public health emergency. 

Necessary meetings will be conducted via Zoom to adhere to the required social distancing guidelines.

Public Comment

If you wish to make verbal public comment during a meeting, you must sign up in advance by 12:00 p.m. the day of the meeting by submitting a Public Comment form provided below.

Only those persons that signed up by 12:00 p.m. day of Commission meeting will be called on to make verbal public comment.  During the meeting, the Commission President will ask if any others would like to make comment, at which time, you can use the “raise your hand” feature and you will be called on.

Individual public comments are limited to 3 minutes per person. Verbal public comment is not accepted at Commission Work Sessions.

Overview

Each port in Washington state is governed by its own commission, which acts as a board of directors for the port. The commission is elected by citizens in the port district and may consist of three or five commissioners.

The Port of Olympia is a municipal corporation governed by three elected commissioners who set policies and objectives. Each commissioner represents a district within Thurston county and serves a 4-year term. The commissioners appoint the Port’s executive director, who is responsible for the ongoing management of the Port’s enterprises and facilities.

All regular Commission meetings are recorded and available on the Port’s website.  The public is invited to give public testimony and comment on items on the agenda or of interest to the public at the Monday evening meetings.  The Monday afternoon meetings are open to the public, but public comment is not generally taken.

Commission Goals

On August 28, 2017, the Port Commission adopted the Commission Goals in support of the Port’s Strategic Plan.

Meetings

Two Commission meetings per month are held in the evening and two meetings per month are held during regular business hours. All meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to give public testimony and comment on items on the agenda or of interest to the public at the evening meetings.
Meetings: 5:30 p.m. second and fourth Monday of each month
Work Sessions: 2:30 p.m. first and third Monday of each month

Commission Schedule

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Commission Meeting Videos

To facilitate citizen access to information about the Port, the Port began carrying unedited videos of the Commission meetings on its website in January 2014. A short, informational video was also produced to provide citizens with an overview of the Port.

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Due to limited storage capacity older videos automatically go into archives.

Please contact the Commission Coordinator at Commissioncoordinator@portolympia.com or 360-528-8014 to request a copy of an older meeting or receive commission agenda notices.

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Resources

Agendas

Agendas are available prior to the meetings.
*Meeting packets are generally posted one week in advance and are subject to change. 

Minutes

Minutes are available following Commission approval.

Resolutions

Resolutions are also available following Commission approval.

Archived Records

Meeting minutes and resolutions prior to 2016 have been transferred to Washington State Archives for permanent safekeeping and are viewable on their website.

Commissioners

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Joe Downing
District One

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Bill McGregor
District Two

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E.J. Zita
District Three

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