The three-member commission approved the raise at the last regular commission meeting of the year.
Although the decision wasn’t listed as an action item on the Dec. 10 agenda, it was discussed in executive session before the meeting, and then the commission voted to approve the increase.
“Action may follow during the public meeting,” the agenda stated.
Galligan has been the executive director since late 2005, taking over at a time when few ships called on the port’s marine terminal.
But what a difference a few years make.
Now, ships are a regular fixture at the marine terminal, taking logs to China, Japan and sometimes South Korea, or delivering new cargoes to the port. They include bags of ceramic proppants for oil-exploration destinations in the upper Midwest, as well as steel pipe and coil for various Puget Sound destinations.
Port commissioner Jeff Davis said Thursday he supported the pay increase for Galligan because of his role in increasing activity at the marine terminal. Commissioners George Barner and Bill McGregor could not be reached Thursday.
Galligan’s starting salary was $120,000. His pay rose 2.72 percent in 2007; 3.5 percent in 2008; 2.4 percent in 2009; 2 percent increase in 2011; and 2.75 percent increase in 2012. There was no increase in 2010.