Commissioner Stephen Fulton

Commissioner Fulton was sworn in and elected to be Secretary of the Commission on July 2, 2013. Mr. Fulton is a manager with more than 35 years of business experience. He has an extensive background in planning and managing cross-functional permitting projects, international trade, manufacturing and project compliance. For over the past 15 years, he has effectively partnered to assess opportunities, facilitate strategic decisions, and drive successful implementations of permitting and land development projects for Warrenton Fiber Company. Steve's ability to assess complex situations and identify appropriate solutions underscores his ability to gain meaningful insight and follow up with thorough analysis. He is particularly skilled at facilitation and enjoys forging consensus among people with diverging ideas and opinions. Steve has managed a broad array of projects in industries ranging from; domestic transportation, marine operations, international trade, manufacturing, land development and permitting.

Development and Permitting Projects Include:

  • Managing the permitting, mitigation and conversion of 17 acres of degraded wetland in Warrenton, Oregon to usable retail property.
  • Coordination of the creation and acquisition of approximately 170 acres of mitigation for the Warrenton retail project.
  • Locating, negotiation and managing the creation of a 70 acre wetland mitigation bank on the Claremont Road, north of Astoria, at the headwaters of the John Day River.
  • Negotiating the application of the John Day mitigation credits for environmental impacts on a former industrial site on Youngs Bay, in Astoria, Oregon.
  • Organizing a pathway to breach the levee and inundate 260 acres of farmland in the Youngs River valley for the creation of Salmon Benefit Units in partnership with the Cowlitz Indian Tribe for the Bonneville Power Administration salmon recovery program.
  • Providing consulting services to the City of Warrenton for the certification of its levee system and the accreditation of the project by FEMA for compliance with its National Flood Insurance Program.

Steve is employed by Warrenton Fiber Company/Nygaard Logging Company as a Project Manager responsible for its land development and project permitting. Since 1990 he has co-managed Cryo-Power Enterprises and transportation equipment leasing company and he also provides consulting services for the City of Warrenton Levee Certification Project in association with the Gearhart, Oregon office of HLB – Otak, Steve holds an MBA degree and a BBA degree from the University of Oregon, Lindquist College of Business. He is also a member of the Port of Astoria Commission and the Chairmen of the City of Warrenton, Warrenton Business Association.


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