Retired Boeing manager named to Port of Everett Commission

Bruce Fingarson has deep roots in Everett, where his grandparents settled in the 1920s.

Bruce Fingarson

Bruce Fingarson

EVERETT — A retired Boeing supply chain manager has been appointed to serve on the three-member Port of Everett Commission.

Bruce Fingarson will be sworn in on Nov. 7 at the next regularly scheduled port commission meeting. His appointment lasts until the next port election in 2019.

Fingarson replaces Troy McClelland, who resigned Aug. 29 after relocating for a job in Massachusetts.

Fingarson told the port commissioners that he has always had a fondness for the Port of Everett, particularly the international trade side of the business.

He worked for 36 years in supply management for Boeing in Everett. Fingarson was part of the team that worked to get a direct port of call for the 777 airplane program from Japan.

He told commissioners that he believes he could be an asset in growing and stabilizing the port’s seaport operations. He told commissioners that he believes the port is headed in the right direction. He aims to be an active listener to constituents and a responsible steward of the environment and port assets, according to the port.

Fingarson, who graduated from the Washington State University with a degree in business administration, has deep roots in the city.

His grandparents settled in Everett in the 1920s and he raised his family at the foot of Rucker Hill, overlooking the Port of Everett.

The other applicants for the position were Nathan Zook, a computer programmer; Kevin Ballard, who is retired from the Navy and currently a general manager for developer Village Life; Maddy Metzger-Utt, president of the Community Foundation of Snohomish County; Nicholas Buckles, a retired International Longshore and Warehouse Union benefits plan manager; and David Simpson, a former Everett city councilman.

McClelland stopped attending almost every meeting of the port commission in person starting in April. He worked for industrial laser maker Synrad in Mukilteo and was moved to the parent company, Novanta.

McClelland didn’t resign from the port commission earlier because he didn’t know the transfer would be permanent.

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