Port of Portland chooses familiar face for new executive director



Port of Portland chooses familiar face for new executive director

The Port of Portland Commission on Tuesday selected Curtis Robinhold, the port's deputy executive director, as the replacement for longtime leader Bill Wyatt, who is retiring on June 30 after 16 years in the position.

Though the port waded through 150 candidates as part of a national search, the commission's unanimous decision was unsurprising. Wyatt handpicked Robinhold in December 2013 to be his No. 2 with the idea that "over a relatively short period of time" he would assume the full responsibilities of chief executive, eventually making him the "the most qualified candidate" upon Wyatt's retirement, according to commission documents from the time.

The Port of Portland Commission on Tuesday selected Curtis Robinhold, the port's deputy executive director, to replace longtime Executive Director Bill Wyatt. Wyatt is retiring on June 30.

Despite that, several commissioners said Robinhold represented an opportunity to place a fresh voice leading the port.

"It's not about continuing the same stuff that's been done in the past," said Commission Secretary Robert L. Levy. "Everybody appreciates what Bill has done, but it's about a new day. I think Curtis is the best choice for that."

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