Port tabs Everett man as new leader
July 12th, 2004 - 12:29pm


(Port Angeles) -- The Port of Port Angeles has a new executive director. Commissioners tabbed Robert McChesney this morning to replace the outgoing Clyde Boddy in the top job at the Port. McChesney comes to PA from the Port of Everett where he serves as Director of Properties and Development. He's been offered an indefinite contract at a starting annual salary of 96-thousand dollars. McChesney will take over the helm at the Port on August 1st. He'll work with Boddy in a transition period prior to officially taking over. Boddy has been offered a 2-week, hourly-rate, personal services contract after August 1st to continue working with McChesney, on an as-needed basis. McChesney has been with the Port of Everett for 12 years, prior to which he served as assistant to the Executive Director of the Port of Longview. He holds a masters degree in Port Management from the University of Washington.


Everett man picked to head PA Port

Peninsula News Network

7/13/04- He won’t have far to move. And he already has an idea what makes a Puget Sound port “tick”. And new Port Executive Director Robert McChesney says he’s excited to become a part of the future here in Port Angeles.

After an extensive hiring process, Port commissioners named McChesney as the new director for the agency this morning, tapping the Everett man to take over for Clyde Boddy, the long-time Port leader who filled the post on an “interim” basis for the past two years.

In his first local news interview, McChesney told PNN he’s really looking forward to coming to Port Angeles, and helping to play a key role in the area’s economic development.

McChesney mingled with Port employees, the public and the media during a “meet and greet” event Monday afternoon. He comes here from the Port of Everett, where he has been the Director of Properties and Development and topped a list of half a dozen top candidates for the 96-thousand dollar a year job. Port commissioners say all of the finalists had great qualifications, but McChesney had an energy and willingness to communicate that they believe will be key to helping the Port move forward.

McChesney becomes the first permanent director to head the Port in nearly 4-years. He’ll officially start August 1st, but is already planning to start working with Boddy to ease the transition. Plus, Boddy agreed to be available on an hourly consulting contract to answer questions and work with McChesney on specific issues or projects as needed.



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