By John Stark
You read that right. Less than two weeks after a public forum to introduce the three finalists for the job of Port of Bellingham executive director, Bellingham’s three port commissioners emerged from closed session this afternoon (Friday, Nov. 9) to name a fourth person — Rob Fix — to the $140,000-a-year position.
Fix, the port’s chief financial officer, had been serving as interim executive director since the April 2012 ouster of former director Charlie Sheldon. During that interim, Fix had helped negotiate a complex waterfront land swap with the City of Bellingham.
But both Fix and the commissioners had said, in April, that Fix was not a candidate for the position.
In naming Fix to the post, all three commissioners said Fix’s handling of waterfront negotiations with the city had been a big factor in his selection.
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