Vancouver Port Commissioner Brian Wolfe is “a little concerned” that citizens asked to shape the job description for the port’s next CEO. Commissioner Jerry Oliver argues that the commission shouldn’t “get involved in the … minutiae” of managing the port (“Group scrutinizes port’s CEO job ad,” Oct. 12, The Columbian).
These guys lost standing to make these arguments when they pushed in secret for the oil terminal. And voters in the port district made it clear last year, when they voted by a 12 percentage point margin for Eric LaBrant, that they don’t want port officials trying to attract oil business.
LaBrant remembered that the port commission works for the people who own the port. His fellow commissioners earned the skeptical scrutiny they and the port’s operations are getting. They should stop whining and try to win back our trust.