Port of Poulsbo seeking commissioner applicants

'Help wanted' ad campaign comes up short.

“POULSBO – Little interest in the vacant commissioner position has prompted the Port of Poulsbo to seek some additional support in getting information out about the seat. Last Friday, Commissioner Tony DeCarlo asked for assistance in spreading the word that the deadline for the spot was coming up in early September. I don’t think a lot of people know about this, DeCarlo said. I checked last week and we had just one apply. As of Friday, Michael Jimison of Poulsbo was the sole applicant for the spot. However, according to port manager Barbara Waltz, it wasn’t yet clear whether or not Jimison resides within the district boundaries. The port districts, which used to be broken into three polling areas, were combined in 1998, the manager explained, adding that she is still looking into Jimison’s application. Waltz said she felt the lack of response was due to the fact that the commission opted to run the vacancy as a help wanted ad in local papers. Waltz was out of town on business when former Commissioner Ken Burns resigned via a letter from San Diego, Calif. I came back to this, she said shaking her head. You can’t advertise something like this in the want ads because it is an appointed job at this point. It doesn’t even have a real salary. Nonetheless, the port added another candidate Monday when Nan Mader tossed her name into the hat. Mader, a long-time port tenant, expressed interest in the position even before Burns officially quit. The port is hoping to have more applications by Sept. 1 so commissioners can review them at their Sept. 7 session. Either way, commissioners DeCarlo and Mike Winters must fill the seat by Sept. 21, Waltz pointed out. Missing the Sept. 21 cutoff could have disastrous implications for the port in that the elected officials, by law, would be unable to conduct public meetings until a third public representative was found – leaving port business unfinished. The appointed commissioner will have to seek re-election to the unexpired post at the end of the year, Waltz said. For additional information, contact the port at 779-9905. “