Angi Mozer

Angi Mozer

South Whidbey Port director resigns

New fairgrounds manager hired

Angi Mozer, executive director of the Port of South Whidbey, will be leaving her job in July because of her husband’s military transfer.

Mozer told port commissioners at Tuesday’s monthly meeting that her husband will be stationed in Brisbane, Australia, and that she and their three children will be moving with him.

Mozer was promoted to executive director in 2014 after working as the port’s finance manager for two years. She said her last day will be July 24.

While describing the international transfer as a tremendous opportunity, Commissioner Curt Gordon joked that Mozer could expect her work load to double, maybe triple in the next two months.

“She’s just done a fabulous job,” Gordon said. “She will be sorely missed.”

The Port of South Whidbey encompasses 65 miles of shoreline. It oversees six public beaches and six public boat ramps, including Langley’s marina and Clinton’s park, dock and beach.

Commissioners also announced a new administrator to oversee Island County Fairgrounds that the port acquired from the county last year.

Larry Lehtonen has been on the job as fairgrounds director for about three weeks.

He was hired for the new position to provide leadership, supervise staff, manage maintenance projects and oversee the fairground’s finances, Mozer said.

In the port fairgrounds director job description, $65,000 is the listed annual salary, plus $500 a month to help with health care costs.

“We reorganized the staff structure at the Fairgrounds in February to accommodate the great changes and improvements that we have experienced and will continue to undertake,” Mozer explained, “and also to accommodate the growth that we are anticipating there.”

The port hopes to entice more organizations to rent the fairground’s facilities for events.

Lehtonen will also oversee the fairgrounds capital improvement projects that the port has identified as priorities.

About $1.67 million in renovations over a two-year period have been identified, including electrical upgrades, expansion of the Coffman Building commercial kitchen and upgrades to its campground.

In March 2017, the Port assumed ownership of the fairground’s 13 acres, horse arenas, RV/camping facility and multiple barns and buildings.

But it doesn’t operate or manage the annual Whidbey Island Fair. The Island County Fair Association will continue those duties it has undertaken since 1912.

Whidbey Island Fair is July 19-22.

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