The Port of Bellingham’s Board of Commissioners in their April 3 regular meeting accepted the resignation of Executive Director Charlie Sheldon, effective immediately. Commissioners also appointed Port Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer Rob Fix to serve as Interim Executive Director until the position is permanently filled.
Sheldon served as Executive Director since October 2010 and managed the port well during a challenging transitional period, said Commission President Scott Walker. Recently the Board of Commissioners and Sheldon have been in discussions concerning the overall direction of the port and the role of the Executive Director, Walker added.
Sheldon elected to tender his resignation and return to his home in Seattle to pursue other opportunities. Sheldon said he would make himself available during this transition to lend his expertise.
The port anticipates continued progress on the development of The Waterfront District, the Airport Master Plan, the environmental cleanup and continued economic development, Walker said.
The commissioners thanked Sheldon for his service to the port and the citizens of Whatcom County and Sheldon thanked the commission and the staff for the opportunity to serve as the executive director.
The commissioners also appointed port Controller Tamara Sobjack to serve as Interim Auditor.