Don Mann last evening, during the monthly Port of Newport Commissioners meeting, that he is retiring effective in January. Mann, who has logged over ten years at the helm of the port, will retire with a rather impressive record of public service in guiding the port in its acquisition of the NOAA fleet and the impending completion of the International Terminal.
Don Mann became the port’s manager in January of 1996 and has held a steady reputation for being someone who had great ideas and a rock steady plan to get them done. His David and Goliath epic performance to wrestle NOAA away from the Port of Seattle was undeniably his crowning achievement while enduring a firestorm of controversy among the northwest’s congressional delegation which pitted Oregon Senators against their colleagues in Washington State. It was due to Mann’s passion for doing his homework, his extreme attention to detail and winning over the confidence of NOAA itself that turned the tide, putting Newport on the map for oceanographic research; a dividend that will continue to pay enormous benefits as NOAA and the Hatfield Marine Science Center pursue their goal of making Newport the Woods Hole of the west coast. It has also sparked discussion among local leaders with Oregon State University officials that Newport has good reason to be considered as a location for a satellite campus for Oregon State University.
Mann told News Lincoln County that although he is retiring after 37 years of public service he will not be taking up the rocking chair as a lifestyle. He said he will be active in other pursuits that are economic development in nature. He did not elaborate.
He said he has faith in the port commission to plan a way forward to even greater economic growth for the Central Coast.