Port Manager resigns

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After nearly four years on the job Port of Siuslaw Manager Mark Freeman is calling it quits.  When his work day ends today, he’ll walk away with a three-months severance package.  He submitted his resignation Wednesday afternoon following a three-hour executive session in which the Port Commission discussed his job performance.  Port president John Buchanan says the commission will meet to discuss the qualities they hope to find in a new manager.

Click to listen: Buchanan on diversity of job duties.

“That’s a difficult thing.  It’s such a diverse job because a Port Director has to be able to get out in his levis and old shirt and work with the, his crews, but turn around and in a short time go out and do a political work with the forces that create funding sources that the port needs.”

He expects the commission will take their time in selecting a successor.

Click to listen: Buchanan on time frame for selecting permanent replacement.

“It’s probably going to be four or five months before we’re ready to select a permanent replacement.”

 In the meantime, they’ll discuss whether or not to hire an interim manager to supervise day to day activities.  He said he had a specific person in mind but…

Click to listen: Buchanan on possible interim replacement.

“I do, I don’t know how the rest of them do.  Until we meet I don’t know that it would be correct for me to say.”

 A special emergency executive session has been called for today at noon.  That will be held at Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue rather than at the port office.