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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||Serving Since||Term Expires|
|Walter Chuck (Pos. 1), Secretary/Treasurer||Water Treatment Operator||22 Nov 2011||30 Jun 2019|
|Sara Skamser (Pos. 2), Vice President||Shore Side Services||1 Jul 2017||30 Jun 2021|
|Stewart Lamerdin (Pos. 3), President||Ship Operations||1 Jul 2015||30 Jun 2019|
|Jeff Lackey (Pos. 4)||Distant Water Fishery||1 Jul 2017||30 Jun 2021|
|James Burke (Pos. 5)||Oregon Coast Aquarium||26 Jun 2018||30 Jun 2019|
Teri Dresler, Interim General Manager. Teri comes to the Port of Newport in the capacity of Interim General Manager after her retirement from Metro, Portland’s regional government in 2016. Teri’s career in the public and not for profit sectors spans 35 years. Teri was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, having spent 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. Teri is living full time in Newport while she serves in this interim capacity.
Aaron Bretz, Director of Operations. Mr. Bretz joined 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.
District employees also include an administrative supervisor, five finance personnel, and twelve operations and maintenance personnel.
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