Port of Port Townsend Hires New Operations Manager

By Karen Robes Meeks

Terry Khile has been named the Port of Port Townsend’s new operations manager, replacing business manager T.J. Quandt, who left earlier this year to work for the Port of Olympia.

In the newly created role, Khile will be tasked with overseeing all port facility operations, including three marinas, upland shipyard and the Jefferson County International Airport, as well as 17 port employees.

“This is a great move for the port and for Terry,” said Executive Director Jim Pivarnik. “Terry knows the operations of the port forwards and backwards. He’s held just about every job here over his almost 32 years at the port.”

Khile is a Port Townsend native who attended the local high school and grew up around his father’s boat building business. His first job at the port was in his early 20s checking the docks before being a laborer in the shipyard. He worked as the port’s environmental compliance officer, assistant harbormaster, and hoist and yard manager.

By Sarah Spangler