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Details of former port executive's separation agreement released

Shelton-Mason County Journal of Shelton, Washington

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Former Port of Shelton Executive Director John Dobson will formally end his employment with the port on April 30.

Dobson signed the separation agreement, dated March 10, prior to the port's executive session on March 29.

According to the agreement, Dobson will be paid his regular salary through April 30. He will also receive a separation pay of $31,668, accrued sick leave of $7,489 and vacation pay of $12,422.

He will also be eligible to collect unemployment.

According to the separation agreement, the port was allowed to cut ties with Dobson at anytime, regardless of the reason.

There is a clause in the agreement that bars Dobson from disparaging the port in any way. Last month, the Port Commission cleared Dobson of any wrongdoing during a special meeting.

The port hired Dobson as executive director in 2009.

On Monday the Port Commission will convene for a retreat to further hash out the direction it would like to go.

After the retreat, a formal hiring process to find Dobson's permanent replacement will begin.

Port Deputy Director Wendy Smith has been serving as executive director during Dobson's absence.

At Tuesday's meeting, port chairman Dick Taylor said he would like Smith to attend the retreat.

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Original Publication Date: April 7, 2016

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