The Port contracts with various individuals and firms to perform specific professional services not otherwise available through internal staff. These consultants provide specialized services to the Port including legal advice, financial consulting, and engineering. Though not Port employees, they serve to further the Port's goals and assist the Port in delivering quality results to its constituents.

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Bill Eling
General Counsel
Law Office of William Eling

Bill Eling was appointed as the Port's general counsel in 2009. He is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law and Gonzaga University. Bill currently serves as counsel for the Port of Ridgefield and City of Woodland and has served as counsel for the City of Bingen. He is a member of the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys and the Washington Public Ports Association.

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Teresa Johnson
Certified Public Accountant
Teresa D. Johnson CPA, Inc.

Teresa Johnson was appointed as the Port's Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in 2014. She holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from Warner Pacific College. Teresa has over twenty years of experience in governmental accounting and auditing including five years spent as a local government auditor with the Washington State Auditor's Office. She currently (as of 2014) serves as financial consultant for two dozen local government entities such as cities, counties, and special districts and also works with four other port districts including the ports of Ridgefield and Chehalis (located in Southwest Washington).

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Byron Hanke
Port Consultant
Byron H. Hanke Consulting

Byron has been the Port's operations and management consultant since 1999. He holds a degree in business administration from the University of Washington and was the Executive Director for the Port of Vancouver (USA) from 1985 until his retirement in 1998. He has also been a commissioner (2002 through 2015) and the Director of Management Services for Clark Public Utilities (a public utility district in Clark County, WA). Hanke is a lifetime member of the Washington Public Ports Association and has been designated a Professional Ports Manager (PPM) by the American Association of Port Authorities.

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The Port's architect, DSP Architecture, closed January 31, 2013. The Port will appoint a new architect upon completion of a qualifications-based selection (QBS) process as required by state law.

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Darrin Eckman
Civil Engineer
Tenneson Engineering Corp.


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John Grim
Water Resource Engineer
John Grim & Associates


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Ben Beseda
Tenneson Engineering Corp.

Ben holds a degree in civil engineering from the Portland State University School of Engineering and joined Tenneson Engineering in 1994. He is licensed in both Washington and Oregon and provides on-call services related to development plans; cost estimates, civil/municipal development, surveying, and subdivision plats. Tenneson Engineering has served the Port at various times since the 1950s.