The Port of Olympia’s Mission is to create economic opportunities by connecting Thurston County to the world by air, land & sea. The Port of Olympia appoints citizens to serve on the Port of Olympia Citizens Advisory Committee (POCAC) each serving no more than two (2) continuous three-year terms. The committee contains 9 – 12 volunteers. Each year the Port Commission shall appoint or reappoint persons to fill the expiring terms, for a full three-year term. At its discretion, the Port Commission will decide when it will fill a vacancy of an unexpired term. If four or more member’s terms will expire simultaneously, the Port Commission has discretion to establish a different schedule for the appointments or reappointment to prevent simultaneous expirations.
Examples of Duties
The Citizens Advisory Committee volunteers meet monthly, or as needed, to provide advice to the Port Commission on tasks assigned by the Commission. All of the Committee scheduled meetings are open to the public. Individual members also may be asked to participate with Port staff on a range of Port programs and projects. The committee has contributed citizen advice and assistance to the Port since the Commission formed it in 1994.
Applicants must be Thurston County residents. A Port Commissioner, the Executive Director and the Chair of the committee will interview applicants and recommend appointments to the Commission. Criteria for selection are community and economic development activities; volunteer, board or committee experience; work experience; experience or knowledge of the Port; and reasons for serving.
Applicants will be evaluated based on past volunteer activities, private/public work experience, experience or knowledge regarding the Port of Olympia, representation of the three Commissioner Districts in Thurston County, and reason(s) for wanting to serve on the POCAC.