The Port bids a warm farewell to Linda Durgeloh Williams, the longest acting employee at the Port with 45 years of service


Port of Kalama today bids a warm farewell to its longest serving employee, deputy auditor Linda Durgeloh Williams. Williams, who has worked at the Port for 45 years, started as a relief secretary in 1973 and worked her way up to deputy auditor where she managed payroll, accounts payable and receivables and employee benefits among other duties related to marine terminal operations.

Williams’ role and responsibilities will be split up among the current financial services and marine terminal operations teams at the Port.

“I changed my plans to pursue teaching when I was offered an incredible opportunity to stay in my home town of Kalama working for the Port—then a team of one manager and two part-time employees,” says Williams. “The changes we’ve seen here at the Port have been incredible—adding recreational value and distinction and economic vitality to the entire community. I have been so honored to be a part of the growth and change here.”

Williams has witnessed some big moments during her tenure. She saw the raising of the Totem Pole in 1974, the development of the North Port from a cow pasture into an industrial park, a dock and corporate headquarters for Steelscape. She has seen the Oak Street overpass constructed and the installment of pedestrian and bike pathways throughout the Port. Most impressively, she has witnessed the Port’s expansion from one to three operating docks and a roster that includes 18 full-time employees. A highlight that stands out for Linda is her ride on a navy ship from Astoria to the Portland Rose Festival.

“The commission cannot thank Linda enough for dedicating her career to the Port—she has been indispensable to the organization in so many ways and has grown incredibly during her tenure,” said Alan Basso, Port of Kalama Commissioner. “Linda has managed so many aspects of the financial services department and taken on new roles as needed—from marine terminal operations to hiring longshoremen! She will be missed incredibly.”

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