Port of Port Townsend Commission

The district's policy making and regulatory body.

Under Title 53 of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW), the powers of the port district are directly vested in its board of commissioners.  Like a city council, the port commission is the district’s policy making and regulatory body.  Commissioners are responsible for making decisions concerning discretionary policies and operations of the district in both internal and external matters.  Port commissions are independent of the cities and counties in which they are located. Examples of commission responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • adoption of harbor improvement plans
  • establishing employment policies and work positions
  • real property management, purchases and sales
  • constructing and maintaining facilities and equipment
  • establishing rates, charges and regulations applicable to facility users
  • adopting periodic and supplemental budgets
  • levying taxes
  • borrowing funds when necessary.

Regularly scheduled meetings of the Port Commission include:

  • the second Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. in the new Commission Building, 333 Benedict Street, Port Townsend, WA, and the fourth Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the same location
  • public workshops called on an as needed basis.

You can find public notice of special meetings and workshops, meeting locations, and time changes at either the Peninsula Daily News, The Leader or on this website.


Elected to Term: January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2015
Elected to second Term: January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2019

Steve Tucker is a retired business owner and an avid boater and fisherman.

Steve grew up outside of Boise, Idaho where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Boise State University. Shortly afterward he and his wife, Cathy, moved out west, ending up in Port Townsend in 1981. Unemployment was even higher than it is now. There were no jobs in his field but they fell in love with Port Townsend and vowed to stay. Steve got a job at Thomas Texaco pumping gas and doing mechanical jobs. He later got on at Crown Zellerbach working in the bag plant. From there he moved into the Lab where, for several years, he performed lab duties and environmental testing and monitoring for what is now Port Townsend Paper Corporation. Wanting to work for himself, he left and took over the Texaco service station that had enabled him to locate here. After outgrowing that facility, he and Cathy built Auto Works which they operated together until they sold it in 2004.

Over the years, through the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Power Squadron, Steve has taught many courses in boating safety, maintenance, navigation and electronics. He has served on Port-related committees including the A/B Dock rebuild committee, the Strategic Planning Committee and he was the “Boat Ramp Guy”.



Elected to Term: January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2017

Brad Clinefelter works in a variety of maritime related fields; international cargo inspections, industrial marine terminal consulting, and classic wooden boat restoration.  He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-Ton Inland Masters License and is a recent graduate (2009) of the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building.

Brad was raised on the Willamette River in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and has enjoyed a lifetime of experience professionally employed in various maritime industries. This has included work in maritime construction, as a tugboat captain/engineer, and as a manager of a bulk cargo ship loading/unloading facility.

Most recently, Brad was employed by Kinder Morgan Bulk Terminals, Inc. as the terminal manager at Terminal 4 in the Port of Portland, a facility that processed more than 23,000 rail cars and approximately 100 ships annually.  He worked there for nearly twenty years, seventeen of those as manager.

Drawn by the area’s vibrant traditional maritime culture, Brad and his wife, Suzi purchased a home on Marrowstone Island in 2000. In 2008, he retired from Kinder Morgan and they moved here permanently.  They enjoy cruising on their traditional 50′ wooden pilothouse ketch.


Elected to Term: January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2017

Pete Hanke runs Puget Sound Express, a family-owned passenger ferry and whale watch operation (and Port of Port Townsend tenant) located at the Point Hudson Marina.

His family’s previous boat, the 80′ schooner Alcyone, first sailed into the Boat Haven in 1972 when Pete was fourteen.  In his early twenties, Pete earned sea time working with the family’s charter business on Alcyone.  (He presently holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-Ton Near Coastal Masters License.)

Pete first went into business with the purchase of Calm Sea Charters, a sport fishing operation. The company later expanded to include diving charters to the San Juan Islands.

Puget Sound Express was founded in the mid-1980s along with Pete’s parents, and now operates two vessels: Glacier Spirit and Olympus. Today, the company is onto their third generation with Pete and wife Sherri’s children, Christopher and Sarah, working as captain and crew.

Besides being a boat captain and a business owner, Pete is also a pilot who has enjoyed flying out of Jefferson County International Airport since 1998.  He and Sherri built their home on Larson Lake Road in 1994 and still reside there today.

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