His experience in city government, he said, “reduces the learning curve.”
Both Macrae-Smith and Ward said the pool of applicants was strong.
“It wasn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be,” Macrae-Smith said.
Ward said Spencer emerged as the candidate who would bring the most value to the port to “advance us on as a team.” Spencer matched several key attributes, Ward said, including “good judgment, community standing and relevant knowledge.”
The tasks ahead
After Spencer joins the three-member Port of Camas-Washougal board in early October, he will help the port manage several facilities and projects, including a 400-acre industrial park, a 79-hangar general aviation airport and a 350-slip pleasure boat marina. The port also oversees Captain William Clark Park at Cottonwood Beach, the adjacent protective levee and Parker’s Landing Historical Park, which was put on the National Register of Historic Places and Washington State Heritage Register in 1976.
Tuesday’s meeting was well-attended, and people applauded after the approval of Spencer’s appointment.