The Port of Douglas County receives its direction from three elected (non-partisan) commissioners. Each commissioner represents a geographic district within the county, all of which are commensurate with the boundaries of the County Commissioner districts. The commissioners provide a long-term vision for the Port, establish Port policy, provide review of Port budgets and vouchers, approve Port contracts, and determine other Port legal obligations. The commissioners' six-year terms are staggered so that one of the positions is up for election every two years.
Jim Huffman, Commissioner, District #1
Appointed in 1994
First elected in 1995
Commissioner Jim Huffman retired from the Chelan County PUD following a 30-year career serving in environmental and regulatory compliance and power contract management. The East Wenatchee resident is an alumnus of Wenatchee High School, Wenatchee Valley College and Central Washington University and holds a bachelor of science degree in environmental science. Jim served two tours of duty (from 1968 through 1972) in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Following the tragic homicide of his daughter and former wife, he became involved in non-profit organizations representing children and victims of violent crimes. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Good Grief Center in Wenatchee and the Families and Friends of Violent Crime Victims in Everett. In addition, Jim is the Governor's appointee on the Advisory Committee for the state Department of Corrections that evaluates and establishes new re-entry facilities across Washington state. He is a member and past-president of the Wenatchee Sunrise Rotary Club and is married to Christine.
Alan Loebsack, Commissioner, District #2
First elected in 1986
Commissioner Alan Loebsack is an upper Douglas County wheat farmer. He graduated from Waterville High School and Eastern Washington University with a bachelor of arts degree in business administration, with a minor in economics. The Loebsack family is actively involved with the Badger Mountain Ski Area, Waterville Young Life Club and Waterville High School. Their farm northeast of Waterville has been in the Loebsack family for four generations. Alan and his wife, Marjorie, have five children. They served as foster parents for 18 years at their home at Lamoine.
Mark M. Spurgeon, Commissioner, District #3
First elected in 2005
Commissioner Mark Spurgeon retired from the Eastmont School District after 32 years in public education — 17 years as a high school teacher and coach and 15 years in administration. He served as assistant principal at Lake Stevens and Sammamish (Bellevue) high schools, and as principal at Eastmont Junior High School. The Wenatchee native's last years in public education were as executive director for the Eastmont School District, supervising the construction of two new schools and the remodeling and additions at two elementary schools. After retirement, Mark served as assessment coordinator and dean of liberal arts at Wenatchee Valley College. He holds a master's degree in policy, governance and administration from the University of Washington, and a bachelor's degree in Germanic language and linguistics, also from the UW. The East Wenatchee resident is married to Nancy and has two grown daughters. He enjoys scuba diving, music, golf, sailing, fishing and riding motorcycles. Mark also is a member and past president of the East Wenatchee Rotary Club and a trustee for the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.
Day-to-day operations of the Port are performed by an executive director, business manager, accounting and administrative assistant and an economic development manager. They can be reached by phone or through email.
Lisa Parks was appointed Executive Director of the Port of Douglas County in April 2011. Prior to that, she was owner and founder of Alliance Consulting Group, a Wenatchee-based professional consulting firm that worked primarily with cities, counties, port districts and public utility districts to help with community development and environmental projects. Earlier in her career, Parks also served as City of Leavenworth community development director and a Douglas County senior planner. Lisa was born in Louisville, Ky., and spent her early school years in northwest Illinois, before graduating from Liberty High School in Spangle, south of Spokane. Following high school, she attended and graduated from Eastern Washington University, with a degree in urban and regional planning. Parks is a member of Wenatchee Sunrise Rotary, and is actively involved in local community groups that benefit children, including owning Apple Valley Gymnastics, which offers instruction in gymnastics to kids 18 months and older. Lisa has three children (21, 15 & 13), and enjoys music, reading, gardening, hiking/walking and other outdoor activities.
Doug Provo was born and raised in the Wenatchee Valley. Doug attended Wenatchee Valley College and the University of Washington. He has two sons and a grandson. His hobbies include hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and astronomy.
Accounting and Administrative Assistant
Esther McKivor was born and raised on the island of Maui and moved to East Wenatchee six years ago with her husband, John, who is a chef. Esther was hired by the Port of Douglas County in 2008. Her hobbies include camping and cooking. She also is learning how to bead.
Economic Development Manager
Ron Cridlebaugh was hired by the Port of Douglas County in March of 2014. His primary roll is implementing the Port’s economic development plan and providing technical assistance to new and existing businesses throughout Douglas County. Previously Ron had been the Executive Director for the Ellensburg Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Group of Kittitas County. During this time Cridlebaugh was responsible for the Ellensburg Tourism and marketing campaign and had oversight of the Ellensburg Business Development Authority, a Public Development Authority created by the City of Ellensburg, to provide local business assistance, business recruitment, operate a business incubator and a light industrial building at Bowers Field. Originally from Denver, CO, Cridlebaugh moved to the great state of Washington in the early 90’s where he met his wife Bev and they moved to Eastern Washington in 2002. Ron enjoys spending as much time as possible with his children and grandchildren, cooking, wine tasting, camping (in an RV) and most other outdoor activities.