Commission

The Port Commission represents the people of the Port District and sets the policies by which the Executive Director operates the Port. The Port District is divided into three commission districts with one commissioner elected to a six-year term in each of these districts (one of the three commissioners is elected every two years). The members of the Port Commission are dedicated to serving the public, committed to achieving the Port's goals, and focused on improving the economic climate in Klickitat County now and for future generations.

Learn more about your Commissioner (District 1, District 2, or District 3) below. Information is also available on former Port Commissioners. Unsure what commission district you're in? Find out using this district map.

District #1
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Jim Herman
Secretary

Jim's history with the Port dates back to the mid-90s when he served as its financial consultant. Later, he continued to review and contribute to the Port's Annual Report. Jim is a retired certified public accountant who brings a wealth of financial knowledge and business accumen to the Port Commission.

PO Box 188
White Salmon, WA 98605
509-281-1717
E-mail Address

January 1, 2010 – December 31, 2015 (elected 11/3/2009)
January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2021 (elected 11/3/2015)

District #2
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Bill Schmitt
Vice-President

Bill previously served as a port commissioner from October 1990 to November 1991. He has also served Klickitat County in other capacities including over nine years as a school board member and eleven years as a fire commissioner. He brings a practical, small-business perspective to the commission and a particular burden for development and economic growth in the Dallesport/Murdock area.

20 Cimmiyotti Rd.
Lyle, WA 98635
509-365-2511
E-mail Address

June 1, 2010 – November 29, 2011 (appointed 5/18/2010)
November 29, 2011 – December 31, 2013 (elected 11/8/2011)
January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2019 (elected 11/5/2013)

District #3
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Wayne Vinyard
President

The senior member of the Commission, Wayne has helped steer the Port for nearly two decades. A retired forestry manager for Hancock Timber Resource Group, he brings to the Commission an unparalleled understanding of Port history, a background in facilitation, and an up-close-and-personal perspective on the role of natural resources in the local economy.

161 Glenwood Hwy.
Glenwood, WA 98619
509-364-3379
E-mail Address

January 1, 1994 – December 31, 1999 (elected 11/2/1993)
January 1, 2000 – December 31, 2005 (elected 11/2/1999)
January 1, 2006 – December 31, 2011 (elected 11/8/2005)
January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2017 (elected 11/8/2011)
January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2023 (elected 11/7/2017)

"My goal is to continue the Port's success in creating a strong, diversified economy with fair lease rates and income sufficient to minimize its dependence on taxes."

Staff

Port personnel are dedicated to fulfilling the mission of the Port, meeting the needs of our constituents, taking care of our tenants, supporting the establishment and growth of local companies, and assisting outside companies looking to locate in the area. Learn more about your current Port employees below or about former Port Directors/Managers.

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Margie Ziegler
Executive Director
509-493-1655
E-mail Address

Margie joined the Port in May 2006, bringing eleven years of municipal government experience to her position. Before coming to the Port, she was the acting Clerk-Treasurer for the City of White Salmon. Margie has also held the positions of Payroll Clerk and Assistant to the Finance Director for the County of Hood River.

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Bonita Snyder
Administrative Assistant
509-493-1655
E-mail Address

Bonita joined the Port in September 2019. A part-time intern with the Port from late 2008 through 2014, she was a special education teacher for four years until 2019. Bonita attended Columbia Gorge Community College and received Bachelor's degrees in elementary and special education from Utah State University.

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Jeff McClain
Maintenance Lead
509-493-1655
E-mail Address

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Michael Knott
Maintenance Technician
509-493-1655
E-mail Address

Michael joined the Port in January 2020. Before taking his current position, Michael was....

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