Commissioners Bios

The Port of Illahee is served by 3 commissioners, each elected to 6 year terms, with elections occurring every 2 years.

The commissioners are non-pay/non-partisan. They do, however, receive a stipend for meetings and extra duties as compensation.

James Aho
Elected 11/13 – term expires December 31, 2019 –

E-mail address:

Cassie Magill
Elected 11/13 – term expires 2017 –

(does not have email)

George Schaefer
Elected 11/05 – term expires December 31, 2017 –

E-mail address:

Commissioners’ biographies:

George Schaefer:

  • I have been a Bremerton resident since November, 1964 and a resident of the Illahee Community since December 1982.
  • I am retired from Naval Surface Warfare Center as a civilian employee and from Olympic College Information Technology Department as a Network Administrator.
  • I am currently employed part-time as a bookkeeper in my wife’s business.
  • I was first elected Illahee Port Commissioner in November, 2001 to fill an unfinished term.

Cassie Magill:

I was born and raised in the Seattle area coming to Central Kitsap in 1993. I became a resident of Illahee in 2005. I have a B.A. from the University of Washington. I have experience in office management, buying, selling and remodeling homes. I have experience in managing commercial forest and mining properties. I am a full time professional artist.

James Aho:aho

  • I moved to Kitsap County in 1969 and 10 years later decided I wanted to live in Illahee and have been here ever since.
  • I am a professional engineer having worked for the Navy and as a consultant for over 40 years, and am now retired.
  • I am an active member of the Illahee Preserve Stewardship Committee, and board member of the Illahee Forest Preserve and the Illahee Community group (both non-profits).
  • I have been an advocate for Illahee beginning when commercial fish pens were approved north of the dock (and successfully appealed). When high zoning densities became an issue I volunteered to be an Illahee Citizen Advisory Group member and helped write the Illahee Community Plan. I help promote the film “Illahee – Saving Puget Sound One Watershed at a Time”, and volunteer to keep up the Illahee Preserve.
  • I am also a regular contributor to the website putting out updates on the wildlife and some of the events occurring in Illahee.