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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 (Pos. 1)||Water Treatment Operator||6/30/19|
|Sara Skamser (Pos. 2)||Shore Side Services||6/30/21|
|Stewart Lamerdin, Secretary/Treasurer (Pos. 3)||Ship Operations||6/30/19|
|Jeff Lackey, Vice President (Pos. 4)||Distant Water Fishery||6/30/21|
|Patricia Patrick-Joling, President (Pos. 5)||Real Estate||6/30/19|
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, Interim General Manager. 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.