By Karen Robes Meeks
The Port of Olympia Commission is expected to choose an executive director on Dec. 21. The commission will interview the finalists in executive session before announcing its decision in public session later that afternoon.
From a pool of 37 candidates, the port whittled it down to three finalists: Sam Gibboney, who served as the Executive Director of the Port of Port Townsend; Geir-Eilif Kalhagen, who was Director of Northern California and Pacific Northwest for Metro Ports in Long Beach, California; and Dan Stahl, COO of the Port of Longview.
The chosen candidate will replace Ed Galligan, who served 12 years before resigning.
Airport director Rudy Rudolph is serving as port interim executive director while the commission conducts its search for new leadership.