Port commissioners select new CEO
By KAITLIN STROHSCHEIN
Port Orchard Independent Reporter
April 27, 2011 · Updated 12:18 PM
The Port of Bremerton’s commissioners chose to promote Tim Thomson from his current role as the port’s director of business development to be the port’s CEO.
Thompson will officially take over the new role when current CEO Cary Bozeman retires at the end of the year.
“I enjoy working with Tim. He knows the port very well,” Commissioner Roger Zabinski said. “His dedication, loyalty and focus on the port’s mission are very high.”
Commissioner Larry Stokes also praised Thomson’s loyalty.
“I think that the port made the right decision,” Stokes said. “(Thomson) is as dedicated to the port as he was to the Navy.”
“In his previous career,” a press release from the port said, “Tim Thomson landed A-6E Intruders of the decks of the USS Enterprise and the USS Carl Vinson, and commanded Attack Squadron 52 at NAS Whidby and NAS Pensacola, Fla.”
Thomson started work at the port in 1999 as real property manager, and through the years, his responsibilities have grown.
He now oversees the Olympic View Industrial and Business parks, including more than 587 acres, 500,000 square feet of building and 30 tenants.
“Tim Thomson has been a member of the port staff for almost 12 years, since August 1999, and has earned this promotion,” said Port Commissioner Bill Mahan.
Besides his work with the port, Thomson has also been involved with numerous community organizations.
“Thomson is a former president of the Port Orchard Rotary club, former president of the Kitsap Peninsula Visitor and Convention Bureau and former president of the Naval Bases Association,” according to the port’s press release.
Both Stokes and Zabinski said they hope that the nine-month transition between Bozeman and Thomson will go smoothly.
“Nothing’s going to change for quite some time,” said Thomson.
Thomson said the port commissioners’ decision to choose him as CEO to replace Bozeman as came as a bit of a surprise.
“I’m honored that they gave me this opportunity,” he said.
Numerous community members also showed an interest in the position, Stokes said.
“We have had a number of persons from the community indicate an interest in the job, and we want to thank them for their interest,” Stokes said. “Many of these persons were very qualified with lots of experience.”