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Posted on: January 3, 2018

Port Welcomes New Commissioners Michael Shepard and Ken Bell

Michael Shepard and Ken Bell were sworn into office as the Port’s newest Commissioners on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

“I am pleased to welcome Michael Shepard and Ken Bell to the Port’s Board of Commissioners” said Port Executive Director Rob Fix. “Commissioner Shepard has worked on a broad range of issues important to the Port of Bellingham including workforce development, marine resource management, and affordable housing.  Commissioner Bell is a successful businessman with experience working with major ports throughout the world and on contaminated property redevelopment projects like those that exist at the Port of Bellingham.  Commissioners Shepard and Bell bring a wide array of skills and interests that will benefit our business community, the environment, and the citizens of Whatcom County.” 

The Board of Commissioners is a non-partisan, three-person elected body that oversees all Port operations by providing policy direction and decisions in public meetings.

Shepard teaches graduate and undergraduate eLearning classes at Goucher College, and is a Research Associate at Western Washington University’s Center for Pacific Northwest Studies.

Bell is the President/CEO of Best Recycling, a waste management company known for its ability to work in very remote locations like the Yukon Territory, Alaska, Antarctica, Greenland and the Aleutian Islands.  

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