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General Information about the Port of Newport
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.
Meeting monthly on the fourth Tuesday at South Beach Marina Activities Room, 2120 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport OR., a five-member commission elected at large is responsible for policy setting and strategic direction of the District.
Board of Commissioners
|Name, Title||Occupation||Term Expires|
|Walter Chuck, President||Water Treatment Operator||6/30/19|
|Ken Brown, Vice President||Manager, Tire Center||6/30/17|
|Stewart Lamerdin||Ship Operations||6/30/19|
|Patricia Patrick-Joling, Secretary/Treasurer||Real Estate||6/30/19|
Kevin Greenwood, General Manager. Mr. Greenwood joined the Port as General Manager in February 2014 after serving five years as the Port Manager in Garibaldi. During his time there, Greenwood financed a $6MM wharf reconstruction project through grants and assisted the Port Commission through its adoption of the state’s first Strategic Business Plan. Prior to working at the Port, Greenwood was City Administrator for five years and helped create Tillamook County’s first urban renewal district. Greenwood was also hired as a downtown development coordinator for the City of Rockaway Beach and helped build many of the sidewalk improvements along US101. Before arriving in Newport, Mr. Greenwood served as the President of the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority (NOHA) in Warrenton, Ore., President of the North (Tillamook) County Recreation District (NCRD) in Nehalem, Ore., and is the current Vice President of the Oregon Public Ports Association (OPPA). A 1990 graduate of the University of Washington, Greenwood has lived on the Oregon coast since 1998 where he met his wife, Stefanie, in 2001.
Stephen J. Larrabee, Director of Finance. Stephen J. Larrabee joined the Port in September of 2014. He most notably was the director of the Slietz Tribal Business Corporation from 2010 to 2013. Larrabee has a law degree and an MBA in strategic management and public policy from George Washington University and earned his BA in finance from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. A Peace Corpos alumnus, Larrabee worked primarily in Central Asia from 1997 through 2009. He also worked for Secretary of State John Kerry when Kerry was the junior senator from Massachusetts in 1992. Locally, Larrabee has served on the Oregon Coast Community College Small Business Development Center Advisory Committee, and the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Board. He is married and has two children.
Aaron Bretz, Director of Operations. Mr. Bretz joins the Port of Newport after retiring from the U.S. Coast Guard with 21 years of service. His service included capital projects, search-and-rescue team leading and training, and streamlining of operating procedures. Mr. Bretz is a Newport resident, where he lives with his wife and three children. In addition to his experience in the maritime sector, he holds a B.S. in Applied Management from Ohio University.
In addition to staff members discussed above, District employees also include an administrative assistant, five finance personnel, and twelve operations and maintenance personnel.