By Chuck Taylor Herald Writer
EVERETT — Port of Everett marina director Jeff Bearman left his $95,000 job in May after just four months, the port confirmed Monday.
Port spokeswoman Lisa Lefeber declined to say why, except that “his departure was not related to his performance while an employee at the Port of Everett.” Bearman’s absence was first reported by the Three Sheets Northwest blog on Friday.
Bearman, who apparently has an 11-year-old criminal record, joined the port Jan. 10 after more than 20 years of marina work, primarily in Hawaii. In Everett, he oversaw the biggest marina on the West Coast.
In 2001, Bearman was indicted by a Kona, Hawaii, grand jury for felony theft “of wages, state purchased inter-island coupons and state purchased car rental coupons” while he was a state harbors official on the Big Island, according to a news release issued at the time by the Department of the Attorney General of Hawaii. The Honolulu Advertiser the next year reported that he was sentenced to six months in jail and community service and that he paid nearly $30,000 in restitution.
An Internet search found no other references to criminal or ethical issues in Bearman’s past. While she would not comment on whether the port knew of Bearman’s record, Lefeber did say that the port’s standard employment application asks about criminal background.
According to Bearman’s profile at the online career directory LinkedIn, before coming to Everett he worked as facilities and operations manager with the Port San Luis Harbor District in Avila Beach, Calif. Before that, beginning in 2001, he was a manager for Ocean Sports/Westrec Marinas in Hawaii, a job which followed his employment by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources and the state of Hawaii Transportation Division.
As of late Monday, Bearman had not replied to an email.