Past Leadership

The following individuals have served the Port of Klickitat as Commissioners for commissioner district no. 1.

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Commissioners — District #1
Photo of Norman Deo

Norman Deo
White Salmon, Washington

January 1, 1998 – December 31, 2003 (elected 11/4/1997)
January 1, 2004 – November 8, 2005 (appointed 1/1/2004)
November 9, 2005 – December 31, 2009 (elected 11/8/2005)

Before serving as a commissioner, Norm owned and operated Deo Excavation and performed service for the Port years before serving on its board. He also launched Versatile Supply Inc., which he continues to own and operate (as of 2010).

During his tenure, the 102 Kreps (aka RAMCo) and 102 Parallel (aka Dallesport Foundry) buildings were sold, Bingen Point road improvements and the sewer line extension to Marina Park were completed, the Port joined Bingen and White Salmon in the Multi-jurisdictional Water System, fifty acres at Dallesport were sold to service Port debt, the first Bingen Point Master Plan and CCRs were adopted, the 139 Columbia River Building (aka Building 1B) was constructed, property at Dallesport was donated to the County for construction of a wastewater treatment facility, a two-lane boat ramp was constructed at Marina Park, rock and dirt fill from the WSDOT Hwy. 14 project was placed at Bingen Point, the 118 Columbia River Building (aka Building 1D) was constructed, the dock crane at Dallesport was removed, cleanup of the Recycled Aluminum Metals Company (RAMCo) saltcake disposal site began, the 110 Bingen Point Building (aka Building 1E) was constructed, the Williams gas transmission pipeline at Dallesport was moved, the 111 Parallel (aka The Dalles Fruit Company) building was constructed, Verizon placed antennas on the water reservoir at Dallesport, and cleanup of the Dow Road saltcake site was completed.

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M. Kathleen McCuistion
White Salmon, Washington

January 1, 1992 – December 31, 1997 (elected 11/5/1991)

Before serving as a commissioner....

During her tenure, a barge loading crane was installed at Dallesport, the "Bluff Property" in White Salmon was sold, the eastern rail spur at Dallesport was extended, fill material from the Bonneville NavLock Project was placed at Bingen Point, contamination problems began surfacing at the Recycled Aluminum Metals Company (RAMCo) operation in Dallesport, utility service (water, gas, phone, and electric) were extended to the site of the new 154 Bingen Point (aka Small Business Development Center) building at Bingen Point, the Port office was moved to the new SBDC building, the sale of Port assets to service over one million in Port debt began, and concrete docks were placed in Bingen Harbor.

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Betty Thompson
White Salmon, Washington

January 1, 1986 – December 31, 1991 (elected 11/5/1985)

Before serving as a commissioner, Betty was owner of Pacific Coast Foods (a food concession firm).

During her tenure, the "Bluff Property" in White Salmon was purchased, the "beach" at Sailboard Park was constructed, aggregate mining operations began at Dallesport, the Bingen Point Comprehensive Park and Recreation Plan was adopted, and operation of lumber re-load and propane storage facilities began at Dallesport.

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Albin Berglund

January 1, 1980 – December 31, 1985 (elected 11/6/1979)

Albin passed away in August 1989 at age 84.

(obituary: Albin I. Berglund, The Enterprise 8-10-1989, pg 14)
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Photo of Orie R. Kreps

Orie R. Kreps
White Salmon, Washington

April 22, 1958 – November 4, 1958 (appointed 4-22-1958)
November 4, 1958 – December 31, 1960 (elected 11-4-1958)
January 1, 1961 – December 31, 1966 (elected 11-8-1960)
January 1, 1967 – December 31, 1972 (elected 11-8-1966)
January 1, 1973 – December 31, 1978 (elected 11-7-1972)
January 1, 1979 – December 31, 1979 (elected 11-7-1978)

Before serving as a commissioner, Orie worked for the Wyers and Kreps Stage Company providing livery service, mail transport, and drayage. He later hauled logs for the Swan Haman Log Company, transported apples and lumber, and worked for the Columbia Fruit Union. When the latter became the Wyers Trading Company, he managed it for several years before purchasing it in 1939 and running it until his retirement in 1972. He also served for several years on the White Salmon City Council. Orie passed away on October 9, 1987, at age 90.

During his tenure, the "Bingen West" properties were sold, property in the area now known as Bingen Point was acquired, 39 acres north of Bingen Harbor were sold to Mt. Adams Forest Products and 32 acres were acquired from the Mt. Adams Loggers Association, dikes forming the west side of Bingen Harbor and the southwest corner of the Port's property at Bingen Point were built, a channel to the Columbia River was opened (creating Bingen Harbor), various properties were acquired to support establishment of the Dallesport Industrial Park, Marina Park was developed, the 102 Kreps (aka RAMCo) and 101 Parallel (aka Dalles Cherry Growers) buildings were built, the Dow Chemical project was launched and abandoned, the rail spur, and water reservoir at Dallesport were constructed, a second well was drilled at Dallesport, construction began on the Dock Road railroad overpass and barge dock at Dallesport, and the Recycled Aluminum Metals Company (RAMCo) began operating.

(obituary: Orie R. Kreps, The Enterprise 10-15-1987, pg 16)

Photo of R. T. Anderson

R. T. Anderson

March 12, 1957 – April 8, 1958 (appointed 3-12-1957)

Was appointed as Klickitat County Commissioner after leaving the Port.

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Donald A. Reed Jr.

May 12, 1953 – November 2, 1954 (appointed 5-12-1953)
November 2, 1954 – December 31, 1956 (elected 11-2-1954)
January 1, 1957 – February 26, 1957 (elected 11-6-1956)

Before serving as a commissioner, Mr. Reed worked for the Washington Fruit and Produce company, was a Manager for Underwood Fruit and Warehouse, and was Mill Superintendent at the SDS Lumber Company (a position he held while serving the Port). Don resigned from the Port Commission citing his opposition to acquiring the "Bingen West" properties and retired in 1978. He passed away in ???? at age ??.

During his tenure, additional property in the Bingen West area (owned by SDS Lumber in 2010) was acquired, a substantial update of the Port's Comprehensive Scheme of Harbor Improvement (targeting the "Bingen East" properties now owned by the Port) was completed, the Port joined the newly created Columbia River Development Association, and the Washington legislature authorized ports to establish industrial development districts.

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Deane Robert Nichols

November 21, 1952 – May 12, 1953 (elected 11-4-1952)
September 9, 1950 – February 16, 1952 (appointed 9-9-1950)

Before serving as a commissioner, Deane ???. Deane died in ?? at age ??.

During his tenure, .

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Photo of Roy Cain

Roy H. Cain
White Salmon, Washington

February 16, 1952 – November 1, 1952 (appointed 2-16-1952)

Before serving as a commissioner, Roy served in the White Salmon Valley School District from 1910 through 1945 (except for brief assignments at other schools) as a teacher and, later, as Superintendent of Schools. After retiring, he served as a port commissioner briefly before becoming Port Manager, a position he held from December 1952 through December 1957. Roy passed away in November 1970 at age 83.

During his tenure as a commissioner, the first Port Manager was hired, the first Comprehensive Scheme of Harbor Improvements was adopted, and acquisition of property in the "Bingen West" area (the SDS mill property in 2010) began.

(obituary: Roy Harvey Cain, The Enterprise 12-3-1970, pg 1)

Photo of R. J. Bates

R. J. Bates

December 7, 1948 – September 9, 1950 (elected 11-2-1948)

Photo of Harold Harris

Harold Harris

May 12, 1947 – December 7, 1948 (appointed 5-12-1947)

Photo of Leon D. Killian

Leon D. Killian

January 1, 1945 – May 12, 1947 (elected 11-7-1944)

Special thanks to the White Salmon Enterprise, authors of the History of Klickitat County, and the various residents, family members, and other individuals who provided information and photographs to help complete this historical look at the people of the Port.