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The Port of Newport is located on the central Oregon coast in the City of Newport, Lincoln County seat and major business/economic hub of the area, and encompasses approximately 59 square miles and has an estimated population of 10,800 persons. Port boundaries reach north to Otter Rock, east up to six miles inland, south to Seal Rock, and west to the Pacific Ocean. Commercial and sport fishing, fish processing, shipping, tourism, recreation, and lumber and wood processing are the area’s major industries.                                                                  

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Teri Dresler begins work as Interim General Manager at the Port of Newport

The Port of Newport has hired Teri Dresler to fill the role of General Manager on an interim basis.  She comes to the Port after a lengthy career primarily in the public sector managing large, complex operations. 

Teri was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, spending all but 7 years of her life in Oregon. She graduated from St. Louis University with a bachelor’s of science degree in social work.  After graduating Teri worked at Missouri Botanical Garden in a variety of management capacities before returning to Portland.  Teri managed shopping malls for four years in Portland, Yakima and Wenatchee before accepting a position with the Oregon Coast Aquarium in 1993.  Teri returned to Portland in 1995 to work at the Oregon Zoo as Guest Services Manager.  The zoo is owned and operated by Metro, Portland’s regional government.  After 5 years in that position Teri was recruited to help open the Oregon Garden in Silverton for public access while it was still under construction.  Teri returned to Portland and the Oregon Zoo eight months later. In 2003 Teri accepted the position of Operations Director in Metro’s Parks and Natural Areas department.  Following a partial agency reorganization in 2007, Teri was asked to assume the role of Director of Parks and Environmental Services.  As the result of a leadership transition at the Oregon Zoo in 2009, Teri was asked to assume interim duties as Deputy Director at the zoo.  In 2010 Teri was hired into the newly created position of General Manager of Visitor Venues for Metro.  This position is responsible for leadership and oversight of the Oregon Zoo, Oregon Convention Center, Portland Expo Center and Portland’5 Centers for the Arts.  In 2014 Teri was asked to assume duties of interim Director of the Oregon Zoo for a two year period.   Dresler retired from Metro in October 2016.

Teri is thrilled to be working in Newport and with the Port of Newport Commission and staff.  She views the opportunity to work as the Interim General Manager as a chance to draw on her vast knowledge and skills leading and managing operational teams, and working with public boards.  “I have a lot to learn about business specific to the Port, and I also have a wealth of knowledge and experience to bring to bear on the opportunities and challenges facing this organization.  I couldn’t be happier to have the trust of the Port Commission to work with such a passionate and professional team”.

Port of Newport Commission President Stewart Lamerdin said “The Commission is excited to have Teri on board. She brings a fresh perspective to the position as well as a great deal of practical experience”.

Dresler started her job as Interim General Manager on August 27, 2018.

 The Port Welcomes Commissioner Jim Burke:

Jim Burke was born in Babylon, NY and graduated from high school there in 1989.  After high school he went to the University of Rhode Island to study marine biology and marine affairs, and in the summers worked as a carpenter, a fisherman, and a diver.   After graduating college Jim worked as a marine biologist in Alaska, Washington, and Maine before moving to Oregon in 1994 and eventually Newport in 1996.  

Jim initially worked for NOAA here, but has been employed by the Oregon Coast Aquarium since 1997 and has been a member of their senior management team since 2006.   As  the Director of Animal Care at the Aquarium, Jim is responsible for the veterinary care of all of the Aquarium's animals, managing a staff of 25 animal care professionals, creating and managing a large budget, animal facility design/construction, and the prioritizing of critical infrastructure repair and replacement.

Jim is a loving husband  to his wife Aja, and proud father to his 12 year old daughter Una.  They live in South Beach with their two dogs, Red and Tia.

Jim sits on the Oregon Coast Community College's Aquarium Science Program Advisory Board and is proud to be part of that successful program since its inception 15 years ago.

Jim holds a USCG Masters License and is a long time Scientific Diver off of our Coast.  He enjoys everything the Coast and the Port has to offer including sailing, motor boating,  fishing, clamming, surfing, and diving to name a few.

Jim is looking forward to helping the commission, the staff, and the community help the Port of Newport accomplish its mission - "to build and maintain waterfront facilities, and promote/support projects and programs in cooperation with other community organizations and businesses that will retain and create new jobs and increase community economic development."


Rates, Fees and Charges 2018-2019

The Port Commission adopted Resolution 2018-07 Setting Rates, Fees and Charges at the Regular Meeting on June 26, 2018.  You may view the Resolution here.

PLEASE SEE RATES for our current rate schedule.


The Port Commission adopted Resolution 2015-04 Adopting a Public Records Policy. PLEASE SEE 2015-04 Public Records Policy.pdf for policy information.

You can download a request form here: Public Records Request Form.pdf


The Port Commission adopted Resolution 2015-12 Adopting a Special Use Permit Policy. You can download an application for a Special Use Permit here: Special Use Permit Application.pdf


The Port Commission adopted Resolution No. 2016-09 Adopting a Safety & Health Policy. You can view/download the policy and current programs here: Safety and Health Policy & Programs Binder Distribution 2016.10.26


The Port Commission adopted the Facilities Maintenance & Operations Plan at their Regular Meeting on November 15, 2016. You can view/download the FMOP here: Facilities Maintenance & Operations Plan 2016


The Port Commission adopted the By-Laws for the Port of Newport Board of Commissioners on May 22, 2014. You can view/download the By-Laws here: PON Commission By-Laws


The Port Commission adopted 2017 Commission Goals Including Mission, Vision and Organization Values on February 28, 2017. You can view/download the document here: PON Commission Goals 2017



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