Randy Sweet has served as a Kalama Port Commissioner since 2005. An engineering geologist and hydrogeologist with degrees from LCC, Western Washington and the University of Oregon, he founded a very successful nationwide environmental consulting business. He is also past president of the St. John Foundation, chairman of the Cowlitz County Planning Commission, and is a founding member of the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board. Randy and his wife, Sheli, have lived in the oldest house in Kalama for over 40 years!
“As a retired environmental scientist and businessman, I recognized the importance of environmental stewardship in growing our local economy and wanted to help shepherd these processes,” said Sweet when asked by he ran for the office. “My hope for the future of the Port is to continue providing family wage jobs and increase the tax base to support the City of Kalama as well as the school and fire districts.”
Port Commissioners have many responsibilities to ensure optimum use of port facilities, acreage and infrastructure. The commission oversees everything from marina and industrial improvements to due diligence on industries that fit and comply with the mission of the Port and the culture of the community, as well as investment in community recreational facilities like parks, walking paths, marina and other amenities.