Port of Olympia, Executive Director Part Ways

Former Port of Olympia Executive Director Sam Gibboney. Photo: Port of Olympia.

The Port of Olympia is looking for a new executive director.

Earlier this month, the port commission accepted the “separation of service” from former Executive Director Sam Gibboney and on Sept. 20 announced its plans to seek a replacement in the coming months.

In the interim, the port has installed 19-year port veteran Rudy Rudolph as acting executive director while a search for a new permanent executive director is conducted.

“During this transitional period, the commission is committed to prioritizing and ensuring a seamless leadership transition while maintaining the port’s stability and effectiveness,” according to the port’s announcement.

Gibboney became the port’s executive director in 2018. She was previously the executive director of the Port of Port Townsend and prior to that, was the director of community development in San Juan County, Wash.

Gibboney was on medical leave from the port from early June through early August. She was then placed on administrative leave Aug. 7, which is when Rudolph was named the port’s interim executive director.

By Karen Robes Meeks