Port CEO Bozeman will retire in 2012

Port of Bremerton CEO Cary Bozeman will retire when his contract expires next year.   - File photo
Port of Bremerton CEO Cary Bozeman will retire when his contract expires next year.
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Cary Bozeman, the Port of Bremerton’s chief executive officer, has requested a six-month extension for his current contract, followed by retirement.

Bozeman said his 70th birthday, on Dec. 19, made him realize how much he still wants to accomplish after retirement.

“The old number 70 came up, and you can’t not pay attention to that,” he said, “You have to. I didn’t realize how that number would impact me, but it definitely did.”

Bozeman said hadn’t planned to retire so soon when he took office, but he said he took time to consider the decision.

“My wife and I have been talking about this for quite a while,” he said at a port commissioner’s meeting on Feb. 22. “There are a million things that I still want to do in life.”

Bozeman said that his has already created his bucket list.

“I want to rent a villa in Tuscany and sail the Greek Islands,” he said during a phone interview. “Those are my two bucket trips.”

And he hopes his “retirement” won’t be a total exit from the working world.

“I want to do consulting work, on a part-time basis, for cities,” he said. “I have 25 years experience and a pretty good track record. I think I could be pretty helpful."

Port Commissioner Bill Mahan, who plans to retire at the end of his term, said he understands Bozeman’s wish to move on.

“We’ve been fortunate to have you as our CEO,” he said. “I know the feeling of wanting to move on.”

Port Commissioner Lary Stokes said he’s thankful for the friendship he’s developed with Bozeman through their work together at the port.

“For my first great retirement adventure, I’m going hunting with Stokes,” Bozeman laughed.
The two plan to go deer hunting in the Golden Spike area in October.

“It’s been a great experience to me to become your true friend,” Stokes said.

The port commissioners voted unanimously in favor of Bozeman’s decision.

He entered into an employment contract with the port on May 14, 2009, which would have lasted through June 8, 2011, if the port’s commissioners hadn’t extended it.

The new contract will follow “the same terms and conditions except as to the termination date,” according to a summary statement prepared by the port’s staff.

Bozeman was paid $120,000 per year to work at the port.

Before he was hired as the port’s CEO, Bozeman worked as the mayor of Bremerton from 2002 through 2009.

He also worked with the city of Bellevue from 1976 through 1993. During that time, he served three terms as Bellevue’s mayor.

One of his major projects during that span was developing a 20-acre park downtown.
Bozeman got his first job delivering newspapers as a 10-year-old, and he hasn’t had a month of unemployment since.

“I’m proud of my career. I really am,” he said. “I’ve loved every job I’ve ever had. I’ve been very fortunate and it’s time.”

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