The Port of Olympia commission approved a 2 percent raise for Executive Director Ed Galligan at its regular commission meeting.
The vote increases Galligan’s salary to $133,259 from $130,646 in 2010, Commissioner Bill McGregor said. Galligan’s salary was unchanged in 2009, and the current amount is in line with what other executive directors earn at port districts in the Puget Sound region, port data show.
At Monday’s meeting, McGregor began the commission discussion about Galligan’s salary by saying he deserved an increase in the range of 2.5 percent to 3 percent. He based that on port operations showing improvement, as well as Galligan’s leadership, which “has empowered the employees, and they have responded,” he said.
George Barner countered at the lower end of the scale, suggesting a 1.5 percent increase, and the commission finally agreed on 2 percent, he said.
All three commissioners praised Galligan’s work last year, but Barner said he wants to see Galligan broaden his exposure to the community beyond Rotary and Chamber of Commerce meetings.
“The commission’s evaluation process provided good input and guidance for the year ahead, and I am motivated by the commissioners’ support, guidance and advice,” Galligan said.