At a special meeting on August 13, the Port of St. Helens Commission voted to appoint Patrick Trapp as the new Port Commissioner. Trapp will serve the remainder of Paulette Lichatowich’s term, which was vacated when she resigned from the board in July. The position will be up for election in Spring 2019.
Patrick Trapp was the former executive director of the Port of St. Helens from 2011 until his retirement in 2017, and his prior port experience was a major factor in his selection as Commissioner.
“Picking a choice today, I would have to go with the most qualified person, and that person is Pat Trapp,” said Commissioner Chris Iverson.
The appointment concludes a public process that began last month, wherein public applications were solicited and reviewed by a citizen committee. The Port Commissioners interviewed the three finalists at a special meeting on August 3.
Of Trapp, Commissioner Robert Keyser said, “I’m pleased that somebody who came to this community to serve as our executive director has chosen to stay here and continue to serve his community.”
Patrick Trapp said he is delighted and honored to have this opportunity to serve again for Columbia County. “I have a wealth of respect and appreciation for the other candidates and those who have interest in serving the Port.”
Trapp also said he will be in attendance at the Wings & Wheels event this Saturday, and “I encourage those folks in Scappoose and throughout the county who are coming to Wings & Wheels to stop by the Port’s booth between 9:00 -11:00 a.m. to share their thoughts so I can have a better idea of their concerns and issues.”
Wings & Wheels is taking place at the Scappoose Industrial Airpark on Saturday, August 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This free event is put on by the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Highway 30 Cruisers and the Northwest Antique Airplane Club.