Commission Vacancies Filled
The Port of Astoria Board of Commissioners takes great pleasure in welcoming our two newest members. We are pleased to introduce John P. Raichl and Robert Mushen to the board. We look forward to working with you.
When asked why he had run for the Port Commission, he replied, "At that time we had a grain elevator. I started to do some research and found up the river they were tearing out a grain elevator. We could get parts for $8,000 and I talked to the commission about it. If we could buy the parts and unload barges, we could increase our business. I was told the future of the Port was not in grain. That ticked me off, so I decided to Port could look into other things and here we are."
Commisioner Hess is not new to public service and he has served on the board for Lewis and Clark School for 16 years as well as on the board for the Education Service District. "I have enjoyed trying to meet problems and get them solved for the betterment of the area," he continued. "Whether or not I have helped get them solved is one thing, but I would like to think I have."
"We are here for the betterment of the Port. I really think my previous experience on the school board has helped me. We'd start at 6 and by 7:30 it was time to go home. You try to make allowances for people: they have to be able to speak their piece and discuss things, but we need to move ahead."
“I was born in Washington D.C.," said Port commissioner Bill Hunsinger, "but my mom and dad were born and raised here. I was here before age 1, so I have been here all my life."
Bill was a longshoreman for 44 years before retiring last February. He has also been a commercial fisherman since 1963. He stated why he became a Port commissioner: "I made a good living at the Port of Astoria...got a good retirement out of the union and I wanted to give something back." He says he is the "bulldog" of the commission and is hoping he can make a difference in his new role. "As area chairman for the Columbia River and all of Oregon for the longshoremen, I learned an awful lot about shipping, and ports, and how they are run. Read more
"Being a commercial fisherman for forty-plus years, I definitely have a pretty good handle on the fishing industry as well. My step-dad, Eddie Goodrich, was president of the boat owners association for the whole west coast so I know most of those guys."
"I am a very strong labor guy. I am very interested in labor and I think we are going to make the right steps. The new dredging permit and better dredging will open the door for better opportunity than we have had before. I would like to see some moderate shipping come to the Port. All of the big ports are out of room and there is no place for expansion. Smaller ports are going to benefit from that."
"I am looking to bring some trust and credibility back to the Port for the taxpayers and voters. We have to get past where we are. We need to take a break and settle in before we start making major decisions."
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. Read more
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.
Commissioner John Raichl was born in Nahbollenbach, Germany and moved to Clatsop County as a young boy with his family in 1958. After graduation from Seaside High School he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he served in various capacities, including military policeman. After his discharge from the service Mr. Raichl returned to Clatsop County and in 1976 joined the Sheriff's Office as a patrol deputy. Ten years later he defeated three other candidates and was elected Clatsop County Sheriff, becoming the youngest sheriff in the United States at that time. Mr. Raichl was reelected several times and held the job for 18 years before his retirement in 2005. A licensed pilot, Mr. Raichl has remained active since his retirement ferrying and test-flying small aircraft for various clients, including piloting floatplanes in Alaska. He also serves on the Road District #1 Advisory Board and is a local representative of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
Robert was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon, during World War II. As a native Oregonian, he is passionate about the environment and maintaining sustainability. A retired eye surgeon, he also is an advocate of sound business practices and a vibrant economy. There should be no reason both goals can't be achieved. As a new commissioner, Dr. Mushen hopes to be an ambassador to South Clatsop County and to assist the other commissioners in the ongoing administration of the Port. He is a former Clatsop County Commissioner, president of the Seaside Chamber of Commerce Board, and Vice President of CCA, Clatsop Community Action Board