Port calls for executive search proposals by Feb. 10

The Port of Tacoma has issued a request for proposals from executive search firms to help find a new Port leader. Electronic proposals from qualified firms are due by 4 p.m. Feb. 10. A full description of proposal requirements is available on the Port Web site — http://www.portoftacoma.com . The call for proposals seeks search firms with experience recruiting maritime industry executives, planning and conducting outreach and communications related to the search, and helping negotiate an agreement with a final candidate. Commissioners developed the scope and schedule for gathering proposals during three special study sessions this month. The selected search firm will help find a replacement for former Executive Director Tim Farrell, who left the top job at the end of 2009. Deputy Director John Wolfe stepped in Jan. 1 to serve as interim director until the commission hires a new leader. Commissioners are scheduled to discuss and evaluate the search firm proposals at a special study session 8 a.m. Feb. 16. Commission meetings are held in Room 104 of The Fabulich Center, 3600 Port of Tacoma Road in Tacoma. Meetings also are available for viewing live and on-demand from the Port’s Web site.