January 9th, 2023

Verdoes steps down as port commissioner


District 3 Port Commissioner Joe Verdoes announced last week that he will step down from his post on February 1. Verdoes, who was initially elected Port Commissioner in 2015, cited health reasons. The commissioner was a self-employed commercial fisherman and local businessman. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington and a Master’s Degree in Developmental Studies from Deakin University, Geelong, Australia. The Similk Beach resident was a member of the Port’s Marina Advisory Committee for seven years before taking office as a commissioner. He had recently been elected president of the board. Before becoming a commercial fisherman in 1994, he was employed as an Economic Development Officer for a small Australian community. His resume also includes operation of a dairy farm in Mount Vernon. Port Executive Dan Worra characterized Verdoes as “a model commissioner.”

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A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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