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By Michele Smith
the Times 

Port of Columbia seeks commissioner

Fred Crowe has moved out of District 3


April 16, 2020

DAYTON—Fred Crowe, Port of Columbia Commissioner representing District 3, has resigned from the Port Commission effective Thursday, April 9.

“It has been a pleasure and honor to serve with the current and past staff and commissioners of the Port over several years,” Crowe said in his resignation letter. “We together have accomplished many worthy projects in support of economic development in Columbia County.”

“I am supportive of projects currently in development and am confident the Port will continue to serve area citizens thoughtfully and wisely,” he said.

Port of Columbia Executive Director Jennie Dickinson said Crowe and his wife have moved out of District 3 and into a new residence in the City of Dayton.

Crowe has served a little over five years and he will be missed, she said.

Commission Chairman Earle Marvin said he hopes to find a community member to fill the position who is interested in the further development of the community and economy.

Port Commissioners Earle Marvin and Dan Aschenbrenner are allowed ninety days to fill the vacant position with a qualified candidate according to Washington State RCW 42.12.070. The person selected will serve the remainder of Crowe’s term, which ends on Dec. 31, 2021, and can choose to run for a new six-year, non-partisan term in the November, 2021 general election.

In order to be selected, the candidate must be a registered voter living in District 3. Dickinson said a map of the commissioner districts is available at the Port’s website at:

Visit for more information about the Port and its properties, or call the Port at (509) 382-2577 to schedule an appointment with Dickinson for information about Port activities.

Interested parties should submit a letter of interest, a resume, and a short list of relevant experiences, to Jennie Dickinson, Port of Columbia, 1 Port Way, Dayton, WA, 99328, no later than Friday, May 1.


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