Airport starting search for new manager

I am sad to report that Jeannie Sharpe is resigning from her position as Port of Orcas Airport Manager. Jeannie has done a fantastic job over the past two years and is liked and respected by the community and airport users alike. The task of the Port commissioners is to now find someone as capable as Jeannie.

At the Port’s Monday, Aug. 22 meeting the commissioners appointed Michael Triplett and me to form a search committee to develop the process, criteria, and schedule for finding a replacement. Our preference is to quickly find a permanent replacement, but we need to find the right person. While Jeannie has generously offered to stay until her house closes and hopefully, help train a new person, we can’t take advantage of her as she moves onto her new life off-island. We may have to hire an interim manager, or use volunteers, and we already have several good ideas and candidates for doing so. Regardless, we want to take the time to hire the right person. Very soon we will be posting a help-wanted request, and we will keep you informed as we develop and execute a search plan.

In the meantime, if you have any good ideas or candidates, please email them to me at

Robert Hamilton

Port of Orcas Commissioner, Position 4, Commission Chairperson