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Bob Hyde, who Thursday night was forced out as Executive Director of the Port, issued a written statement saying he was proud of the Port’s accomplishments during his eight year tenure.

“In that time the Port has grown and prospered as a vital part of the economy and quality of life of our community. I am proud of our accomplishments in our relations with the City, community, improvements to public access,“ and the Port’s cleanup effort with the state, as well as the growth of Cap Sante Marina.

During a long closed door meeting Thursday night, the Port of Anacortes Commissioners gave Hyde the opportunity to resign, or they would terminate him. While Commissioners praised Hyde in the public meeting that followed, in private they told him that, “He just wasn’t a good fit” for the Port, as one Commissioner later told a reporter.

Hyde’s written statement, which was distributed on Friday by the Port also said, “I thanked our Commissioners for the honor of serving as Executive Director and they thanked me as well for my dedication and leadership in turning around an organization with no political capital into one that is respected by our community, the City, and state and government organizations.”

Hyde said he knows that he is leaving the Port in a better position than he found it and said he looks forward to seeing its advances in the future.

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