HR Port commission elects new officers

The Hood River Port Commission has a new captain at the helm for fiscal year 2003-04.

After two years in the role of President, Bill Lyons, first elected to Position 3 in 1998, decided that it was time for a break. At the July 1 Port meeting, he nominated Commissioner Don Hosford for the job — a choice that drew unanimous approval from his fellow board members. Hosford won his Position 2 seat in 1997 and a subsequent re-election bid in 2001.

“Don has been on the Commission the longest, knows the history better than anyone else and is a great ambassador to the community,” Lyons said. “I think he is the perfect person to ensure we maintain our relationship with the city, and others, during the zoning and development of the waterfront.”

He also recommended that Commissioner Sherry Bohn be given the role of vice-president because of her strong public relations skills. Bohn was first appointed to fill an unexpired term in 2001 and then captured another four-years in the Position 4 seat last May. Since Hoby Streich has not yet served one calendar year, he was ineligible to serve in one of the two top roles. However, the Position 5 representative, who was first appointed in 2001 and then elected last May, agreed to take on the role of secretary. Commissioner Fred Duckwall was chosen to be the Port board’s treasurer.

Lyons will not have any extra duties during the upcoming year, freeing up his time to focus on bringing a satellite community college campus to Hood River.

Duckwall praised Lyons for keeping the port on course by exercising strong leadership abilities. He credited the outgoing president for facilitating the strong working relationship now in place between port and city officials.

“He helped to build the bonds of trust between the two agencies,” Duckwall said.

In addition, he said Lyons has played an instrumental role in overcoming the 10-year “hiatus” in waterfront planning and bringing it back to the table.

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