Port of Coos Bay Commissioner Opitz Resigning

Donna Opitz, a resident of Coos Bay and Secretary of the Board of Commissioners of the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay, has informed Governor John Kitzhaber, the Port commission and staff of her decision to resign from the commission, effective April 30th, 2014. Opitz will be moving from the south coast region, and will no longer be a port district resident.

The Governor nominated Opitz to the commission in February 2013 and she was confirmed by the Oregon Senate Rules Committee in March. Her appointment filled the unexpired term of Caddy McKeown, who was elected to serve in the Oregon House of Representatives for District 9 in November 2012. Optiz was later appointed and confirmed for a full four-year term through June 30th, 2017.

After a successful career in the financial consulting and real estate industries, Opitz has decided to move from Coos Bay to another state, although she will return to Oregon to spend time with her children and grandchildren in the southern Willamette Valley region.

Opitz stated “I’ve enjoyed working with my fellow commissioners and the port staff on several significant projects that will help bring jobs and economic opportunity to this region. Increased maritime commerce through the harbor, combined with the rehabilitated Coos Bay rail line and the increasingly successful Coos Bay Rail Link are just the beginning for long-term prosperity for Oregon’s bay area and the region.”

The Governor’s Executive Appointments staff will develop a list of potential nominees to fill the unexpired position Opitz is vacating. Interested residents of the port district are encouraged to visit Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber’s home page at http://www.oregon.gov/gov/pages/index.aspx.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 and is filed under Local News, State News.