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Port of Everett Commission

Port Commissioners and CEO

The Port Commission is the District’s policymaking and regulatory body. Port Boundaries Map The Commission is responsible for setting the policy of the district for both internal and external matters and providing for their implementation. The Commission hires an Executive Director to carry out its policies.

The Port District encompasses most of Everett and portions of Mukilteo and Marysville. The citizens set the Port’s boundaries and elect the Commissioners to govern the Port District.

The district is governed by three commissioners, who are elected to six-year terms and rotate annually between the roles of president, vice president and secretary. Most of the powers of the Port are directly vested in its Port Commission.

District 1  |  Vice president

Term Expires in 2027
Commissioner David Simpson was elected in 2019 to complete a two-year balance of a former commissioner's term and re-elected in 2021 to serve District 1. 

Simpson graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in U.S. History and brings more than 45 years of combined public/private sector experience to the Port.  He is also a graduate of Everett Community College.

Simpson's background includes 30 years in the aviation industry with 24 years in manufacturing engineering for The Boeing Company and another six years as an aviation mechanic for the United States Navy. 

Over the past decade, Simpson’s focus has shifted to the public realm, with interest in public policy and community involvement. He has served on many boards and committees throughout his career, including the Washington State House of Representatives 38th District, Everett City Council, City of Everett Planning Commission, Snohomish County Charter Review Commission, and presently, serves on several community outreach liaison committees, the City of Everett Council of Neighborhoods, Puget Sound Regional Council Freight Advisory Committee, the Snohomish County Committee Improved Transportation Committee, Economic Alliance Snohomish County, Snohomish-Stillaguamish Local Integrating Organization Executive Committee and Maritime Curriculum for Everett School District.

District 2  |  president
Term Expires in 2029
Commissioner Tom Stiger won re-election in 2023 to his fourth term on the Port Commission. He has represented District 2 since 2012 and served District 3 from 1964-1971 – his first term was extended so that the elections could fall on odd years.

Stiger was born and raised in Everett and graduated from Everett High School. He attended Western Washington University where he received his B.A., Central Washington University where he received his M.A., and he is a PhD Candidate at Ohio State University.

His work experience encompasses a 27-year career at the Everett School District where he was a teacher and administrator, including holding the office of principal at both Everett and Cascade High Schools. Additionally, he was an Adjunct Instructor at both the University of Washington and Ohio State University.  Stiger also owns and operates local family businesses – Abbey Carpet & Floor / Bayside Supply in Everett and Major Brands Floor Supply in Seattle.

Stiger is a U. S. Army Veteran where he served in Civil Affairs and Military Government Units. He also has service with the Corps of Engineers.

Having served three previous terms on the Port Commission, Stiger brings to the Port a range of maritime experience including, but not limited to, the shipping and commercial fishing industries. Of note, he worked as a longshoreman in Everett and Bellingham for companies that have since merged into today's SSA Marine and was a correspondent for “Marine Digest” – a Puget Sound Maritime publication. Stiger and his family are avid sail and power boaters.

Stiger has served on numerous boards for small business, economic development, and youth organizations. In addition, he is a Trustee for the Washington Public Ports Association (WPPA) and serves on marina, trade, and economic development committees.

District 3  |  Secretary
Term Expires in 2025

Commissioner Glen Bachman was elected in 2013, following his appointment that year to replace a former commissioner, and then re-elected to serve District 3 in 2019.

Bachman, who grew up in Seattle, holds an A.A. from Everett Community College in Business Administration and a B.A. in Business Administration, Management and Marketing from Eastern Washington University. He also earned Retail Property Executive, Shopping Center Manager, Property Manager and Real Property Administrator certifications.

He served as General Manager of Everett Mall for six years following 24 years at Kemper Development as Vice President of Retail Facilities and Retail Operations, overseeing the Bellevue Collection, Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square and Bellevue Place properties. Prior to his time at Kemper Development, Bachman also worked as Director of Operations at Frederick & Nelson department stores and as a General Manager of a Lamont’s department store.

Bachman is also a Vietnam War vet. He worked in high-security communication for the Army and was awarded a Commendation Medal for his service.

He is on the executive boards of the Washington Public Ports Association, Puget Sound Regional Council, Washington Council on International Trade, Washington Retail Association and Greater Seattle Partners Development Association. He is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, a past ICSC Western Regional Government Relations Chair and a past Western Washington International Real Estate Management Association President.