Port of Olympia Executive Director Ed Galligan has received a 2 percent pay raise, increasing his annual salary to $148,168 from $145,263 on Feb. 1.
Galligan, who has been with the port for about 10 years, won pay raise approval from the port commission at the end of January.
After the port commission emerged from executive session at its Jan. 26 meeting, they decided to take action and approved the salary increase.
The port commission, including Sue Gunn, shared their thoughts about Galligan’s performance on Wednesday.
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Commissioner George Barner named a number of Galligan’s accomplishments, including putting together a good, effective staff. Barner singled out the recent hire of Marine Terminal Director Len Faucher, saying he had “wonderful credentials.”
He also said a new mobile crane is set to arrive at the marine terminal and that the port continues to produce revenue.
“Ed is staying on top of things and he has given the staff the leeway to do what they need to do,” Barner added.
Commissioner Bill McGregor also said Galligan has done a good job with the staff and that there has been improvement in revenue at the port.
Total operating revenue is projected to grow to $14.8 million this year from about $13.5 million in 2014.
McGregor added that Galligan met his commission-set goals.
“We wanted to send a message that he’s done a good job,” he said.
But Commissioner Gunn, who has been on medical leave, said she would have voted against an increase for Galligan, saying there is room for improvement.
“I have felt his performance is lacking and much of it hovers around his communication skills,” she said.
The executive director needs to be a strong communicator, someone who relates well to the public and is the public face of the port, she said.
Gunn called him a “weak communicator.”
“The onus falls on the executive director on how the port interacts with the community,” she said, adding that the port doesn’t always have a good image or a good relationship with its community.
Gunn, who had open-heart surgery at the end of 2014, hopes to return to the commission by March.
“I wish I had returned by now, but it’s one day at a time,” she said.