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Contract OK’d

Taking an unprecedented step, Port of Sunnyside commissioners last night approved an employment contract with Executive Director Jay Hester.

Monday night’s move, which includes a severance package of up to six months of pay depending on length of service, followed an executive session. The contract came at the request of port commissioners.

Noting the age of the commissioners, Commissioner Jeff Matson said it’s likely that some time in the next 10 or 12 years there will be new commissioners elected.

He said he has seen other governmental bodies where new officials were elected and staffing changes were made.

Matson said the idea is to provide continuity for the port and some protection for Hester, who is in his second year as executive director, when new commissioners are elected in the future.

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