Commissioner Officers/Duties

At the first meeting of each calendar year, officers are elected and duties are assigned.

REQUIRED POSITIONS:  Chair (or President) and Secretary (RCW 53.12.245).

2018 Chair  Commissioner Aho

2018 Secretary   Commissioner Burton

OTHER OFFICIAL POSITIONS:  Since the Port of Illahee is a small port without employees, except for contracted administrative duties, port duties and responsibilities are divided or shared by the commissioners.   Duties requiring significant extra time and effort are compensated with an additional stipend.  Stipend compensated duties are Dock Manager, Property Manager, and Website/Public Records Officer.

2018 Treasurer   Administrator Haaland

2018 Dock Manager   Commissioner Burton

2018 Property Manager   Commissioner Buesch

2018 Auditor   Commissioner Aho

2018 Website/Public Records Officer   Commissioner Aho

Governing Statutes

RCW 53.12.245

Organization of commission—Powers and duties—Record of proceedings.

The port commission shall organize by the election of its own members of a president and secretary, shall by resolution adopt rules governing the transaction of its business and shall adopt an official seal. All proceedings of the port commission shall be by motion or resolution recorded in a book or books kept for such purpose, which shall be public records.

RCW 53.12.260


(1) Each commissioner of a port district shall receive ninety dollars, as adjusted for inflation by the office of financial management in subsection (4) of this section, per day or portion thereof spent (a) in actual attendance at official meetings of the port district commission, or (b) in performance of other official services or duties on behalf of the district.



Port Commissioners are required to file Personal Financial Affairs Statements (PDC Form F-1) by April 15 of each year.  Form F-1 covers the previous calendar year.

The instruction manual is available at the Public Disclosere Commission website:

Why We Have Financial Disclosure?

In 1972, nearly one million Washington residents — or 72% of the voters — supported an initiative designed to bring more openness and accountability to this state’s political process. With the adoption of that initiative, the voters declared that the personal and business finances of elected officials should be disclosed and available for public review. Four years later, voters reaffirmed this position on financial disclosure when they added state-level appointed officials to the list of persons who must file these disclosure reports.

Since 1973, approximately 238,000 financial disclosure statements have been filed by Washingtonians who have been candidates or elected officials, or were serving in key appointive positions in state government.

Filing reports that disclose financial interests and holdings is more than a formality. It’s a means for the public to have tangible proof that officials are acting in the public interest and not for their private gain. Conversely, completing the reports gives officials an opportunity annually to review their holdings and be more sensitive to subjects that might pose an actual or perceived conflict of interest