MOSES LAKE — Jeffrey Bishop, the current executive director of the Port of Moses Lake, will be leaving the port when his contract expires in November.
“We are not going to renew Mr. Bishop’s contract in November,” Port Commission President Darrin Jackson told the Columbia Basin Herald. “We will start looking for a new executive director.”
In a text message to the Columbia Basin Herald, Bishop said he is “very grateful and humbled for the time I was able to work for the Port of Moses Lake.”
“I respect the decision of the Port Commission and wish them the very best in their future endeavors,” Bishop wrote. “For the remainder of my time in Moses Lake I will fulfill my duties to the best of my ability.”
Neither Jackson nor Bishop gave any details as to why the three commissioners who oversee the Port of Moses Lake decided not to keep Bishop, who has been executive director of the Port since 2014.
“There will be further comment later,” Jackson said.
Bishop is the sixth director of the Port of Moses Lake, which was formed in the mid-1960s following the closure of Larson Air Force Base to manage the former base’s resources and help promote economic development in Grant County.
The Port is currently involved in several major infrastructure projects, including a $40 million expansion of the Columbia Basin Railroad to industries located just northeast of the airfield and a $22 million removal of a hump in the middle of the main runway.
The Port of Moses Lake also hosted its first major airshow in mid-June, which it hopes to make an annual event.
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