New Poulsbo Port Commissioner named

New Poulsbo Port Commissioner named

Port of Poulsbo has named Tom Rose as its new commissioner following the decline of former city council member Ken Thomas who needed to attend to a family emergency.

Rose will be taking over for former commissioner Mark DeSalvo, who resigned soon after his arrest by Poulsbo police for the alleged desecration of a memorial to Stonechild Chiefstick, a Native American man killed by police at a community event last year.

“I think it’s going to be important here, with the prior sad events, to get things back on track. To re-establish a relationship and rapport with the community, specifically the Suquamish Tribe,” Rose said.

One of the things Rose would like to see happen at the Port is growth and expansion for programs to include groups that may otherwise feel left out of being involved in port activities, such as youth sailing, rowing, etc.

Rose holds a philosophy in service leadership.

“The more you’ re given the more you give back, so I’m looking at this as sort of community service, to begin with but as far as my professional background I’ve been involved in the marine industry and building them as part of the yacht club down in the bay area so I have some practical skills there,” Rose said.

Rose has been involved with the Port since 1995 and has spent much of his career in the marine industry.

“I went through the California Maritime Academy in 1974, but I sailed offshore, transferred over to ocean tugs…became a San Francisco pilot in 1983. I was there for 12 years before I transferred up to Puget Sound in 1995, and I retired six years ago as a Puget Sound pilot for the U.S. Navy,” Rose said.

Rose had a parallel career as a captain in the U.S. Naval Reserves, and was deployed several times to Somalia and other parts of the Persian Gulf, working primarily with humanitarian agencies on port relief and salvage.

One of the things Rose is excited about regarding this position is making the Port a “go-to” spot.

“I am excited about the fact that Poulsbo, if you looked out at the anchorage, through the smoke, people are coming out just to get away,” Rose said.

He is also excited about the new challenges the breakwater from Elliot Bay will pose.

“I look foreword to working with the other commissioners and staff as well,” he said.

More in News

Firework cakes with prices attached, Elisha Meyer/Port Orchard Independent
Fizzle or boom on fireworks with higher costs?

Fourth of July celebrations in Kitsap County are getting back to pre-pandemic… Continue reading

Downtown Port Orchard. Courtesy Photo
Funding advances for Port Orchard downtown revitalization

The House Appropriations Committee has advanced new funding championed by U.S. Rep.… Continue reading

Suquamish Councilmember Sammy Mabe speaks during the tribe's joint meeting with the city of Poulsbo. Courtesy Photos
Poulsbo, Suquamish officials meet for 1st time since 2020

Tribe suspended relationship following fatal shooting

Heraldnet photo
Former Bremerton High assistant football coach Joe Kennedy was placed on paid leave in 2015 following a dispute with Bremerton School District over his leading prayer sessions at the 50-yard line following games.
Supreme Court rules in favor of former Bremerton football coach

High court’s 6-3 decision states Joe Kennedy was terminated without justification

Former Bremerton High assistant football coach’s six-year battle leading up to the Supreme Court ends with a decision in his favor over religious freedom issues. (First Liberty Institute photo)
Prayers answered: Coach wins in Supreme Court

Bremerton football coach prevails in a 6-3 court decision

Applesauce from South Kitsap High lunchroom
Changes in free summer lunch program upset some

A popular food program is making its return to the South Kitsap… Continue reading

Motorcyclists weave through each other during a pre-parade demonstration. Elisha Meyer/Port Orchard Independent Photos
Fathoms parade winners announced

The annual Fathoms O’ Fun Festival returned to the streets of Port… Continue reading

Consumer fireworks are now for sale across Kitsap County, with the exception of Bainbridge Island. (File photo)
It’s official: Fireworks season has begun

Sales started Tuesday; consumer fireworks can only be discharged on Fourth of July

Most Read