Port of Seattle Executive Director Steve Metruck was recently named the Puget Sound Maritime Public Official of the Year at a Seattle Maritime Day Breakfast event, the port revealed May 25.
The Seattle Propeller Club’s Public Official of the Year Award honors policymakers who have demonstrated leadership and support for the maritime industry.
Port Commissioner Toshiko Grace Hasegawa, who announced the award, spoke of Metruck’s strong leadership and experience, particularly through the pandemic.
“Steve led the port through the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring no interruption of essential aviation and maritime operations and moving ahead with critical capital construction,” she said. “He has built a solid partnership with the port commission to advance the port as an engine for sustainable and equitable economic development.”
Metruck spent 34 years in the U.S. Coast Guard before serving in the port’s chief role.
“In his four years as executive director, Steve has brought to bear his decades of maritime experience and his outstanding leadership qualities to build a shared vision with the port commission to create a stronger, more sustainable regional economy,” Hasegawa said. “Clearly, his service has made a significant and lasting contribution to maritime commerce in the Pacific Northwest.”