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Another change at the Port of Anacortes as Port Commissioners wipe out the job of Deputy Executive Director of the Port, Chris Johnson, just a month after forcing Bob Hyde to resign from the top job.

Port Commissioners eliminated Johnson’s job during a meeting on Thursday night. The Commission authorized interim Port Executive Director John Hachey to negotiate and execute a severance agreement with Johnson.

A statement from the Port delivered to us on Sunday says:

"During the Port of Anacortes Commission meeting on December 4th following an executive session, Commissioners authorized interim Executive Director John Hachey to negotiate and execute a severance agreement for former Deputy Executive Director Chris Johnson. The position of Deputy Director has been eliminated during the recent reorganization. Chris Johnson gave valuable support to the organization during a time of change under former Executive Director Hyde. 

Other Departments have also been condensed and redirected reporting."

The Skagit Valley Herald reported it had a copy of an email sent by Johnson that said, I will miss my associations and working with each of you while at the port.”

Updated on Sunday, Dec. 7 to reflect statement from the Port.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,695 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

299 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
37,483 Fully Vaccinated
52,143 Initial Doses Given


363,840 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,743 Hospitalizations

5,428 Deaths Statewide
1,982,674 Fully Vaccinated
2,927,970 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, April 22, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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