Meet the Commission

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Jeff Wilson

Commission District:1
Term: 2016 - 2021
Board Position: President
4723 Mt. Solo Road
Longview, WA 98632
Phone: 360-577-6586

After graduating Mark Morris High School he attended Western Washington University where he studied business and history. In 1986, he started his first business and has since owned and operated several local businesses. During his 46 years of residency here in Cowlitz County, Jeff has been an active member in many local community events including several historical preservation efforts which include the Shay Locomotive restoration project.

He and his wife Trisha have two children, Jordan and Scout, who they enjoy traveling and spending time with. 
Bagaason, Bob

Bob Bagaason

Commission District: 3
Term: 2014 - 2019
Board Position: Vice President
1220 Castleman Drive
Longview, WA 98632
Phone: 360-423-5806

Bob began his term on the Board of Commissioners in 2008.

Bob was born and raised in Aberdeen, Washington, where he graduated from Aberdeen High School. Following graduation, he received his Associates Degree from Gray’s Harbor Community College and transferred to Central Washington University to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Bob served six years as an enrolled member of the Army National Guard (honorable discharge).

In 1971, Bob began his teaching career at Ocosta Elementary in Westport, Washington, before transferring in 1977 to the Toutle Lake School district to work as a coach and teacher. In 1979, Bob moved to the Longview School District, coaching  football and girls' basketball and teaching numerous subjects, most notably traffic safety, until his retirement in 2001.

Bob serves on the Board of Directors for both the Cowlitz Economic Development Council and Washington Public Ports Association. He also is active in the Longview Pioneers Lions, Kelso and Longview Masonic Lodges, Shriner’s Club, Sons of Norway and Lower Columbia Retired Teachers Association.

He enjoys traveling with his wife Linda, who is also a retired educator. They have two daughters, Tisa and Bridget, and enjoy spending time with their four grandchildren, Tanner, Clayton, Koby and Brynn.
Averett, Doug

Doug Averett

Commission District: 2
Term: 2018 - 2024 
Board Position: Secretary
Phone: 360-560-7540

Doug was appointed to the Commission in August 2015, to fulfill the remainder of the seat term vacated by Lou Johnson. He was then re-elected to serve a full six-year term at the end of 2017. His prior experience in maritime operations at the Port made him the unanimous choice. 

Doug started at the Port in 1987 as an engineering technician and later moved into the operations department as a superintendent. In 2003, Doug was promoted to Director of Operations. He was responsible for all aspects of operations, including the loading and unloading of vessels, all steady ILWU personnel and ensuring that all labor and operating agreements are upheld. In addition, he served as the Port's Facility Security Officer and was charged of carrying out the Port's responsibilities for U.S. Homeland Security. 

Doug and his wife Kathy are Kelso residents and have a son, Tyler.