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Port of South Whidbey picks new finance manager

The Port of South Whidbey has hired Ron Rhinehart as its new finance manager.

Rhinehart, an Oak Harbor resident, most recently worked for Alpha Technologies in Bellingham, where he was involved in the launching of an electric vehicle product line, said Port Operations Manager Ed Field.

Rhinehart has also worked for Borland Software for four years, and has his own sales consulting business. He has a master’s degree in business administration from Santa Clara University.

Field said six finalists were interviewed for the post, which became vacant with the resignation of Dane Anderson earlier this summer, and the port board unanimously picked Rhinehart for the job.

Rhinehart’s skills were unmatched among the other candidates for finance manager.

“The combination of his financial and accounting — there was no other candidate who had near that much,” Field said.

“Some had accounting, some had financing, none had both,” he said.

Field also noted that Rhinehart has experience in junior public taxing districts, as he is currently a commissioner for the North Whidbey Park and Recreation District.

The pay for the full-time position will remain the same as when Anderson held the job, $72,800.

Rhinehart’s first day with the port is Sept. 6, though Field said Rhinehart would participate in this weekend’s DockStock event.

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