From Port of Newport Manager Kevin Greenwood
Port of Newport General Manager Kevin Greenwood has offered the Port’s director of finance position to Stephen J. Larrabee of Lincoln City. Larrabee most notably was the director of the Siletz Tribal Business Corporation from 2010 to 2013 and replaces Pat Albaugh who left the port in May to return to his home in Washington state.
Greenwood had the assistance of three public panels in making the decision, including groups made up of elected officials, finance professionals and port employees. “Steve was by far the stand out candidate as far as management, leadership, and supervisory skills,” Greenwood said.
Larrabee, 47, was selected from a group of four finalists that included an internal candidate, Barb Martin, Newport, who has worked for the port since 2009 in a number of bookkeeping capacities. “I look forward to working with Barb,” Larrabee noted. “Her internal knowledge of the Port will be extremely valuable to me as I learn more about the job.” Greenwood thanked Martin for serving as the interim director and appreciated her contributions working with day-to-day issues.
Other finalists included JT O’Neill, a South Beach resident and previous IBM employee; and Renee Sinclair, a former finance officer for the city of Cannon Beach. The Port received a total of 35 applications.
The port selection committee included Port Commissioners JoAnn Barton and Ken Brown, auditor Signe Grimstad and NOAA facilities manager Rick Fuller. John Baker of Northwest Management Solutions served as a facilitator. Additional input was generated from Doug Hunt, Lincoln County commissioner; Brian Barth, Central Lincoln PUD finance director; Mike Murzynsky, City of Newport finance director; Jim Durkee, Port of Newport International Terminal Manager; and Penny Gabrielson, Southbeach Marina and RV Park employee.
“With his vast experience in economic development,” Greenwood said, “Steve is a nice hire for us because of his experience and he knows the county.”
He will receive an annual salary of $77,000.
Larrabee, who has a law degree and an MBA in strategic management and public policy from the George Washington University, earned his BA in finance from the University of Massachusettes in Amherst. A Peace Corps alumnus, Larrabee worked primarily in Central Asia from 1997 through 2009. He also worked for Secretary of State John Kerry when he was the junior senator from Massachusetts in 1992.
The Port has been understaffed since Don Mann left in February after 18 years as port manager. “There was some attrition, but it’s critical for us to thoughtfully fill these management positions so that I can work more closely with the Commission on policy development and long-term planning.
Locally, Larrabee has served on the Oregon Coast Community College Small Business Development Center Advisory Committee, and the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Board. He is married, has two children, and is planning to move to Newport in the near future.