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City Finance Director announces resignation to become Port of Everett CFO

Posted: June 26, 2013 11:27:45 AM PDT

Bellingham Finance Director John Carter has announced he will leave his position with the City of Bellingham in mid-August to become the Chief Financial Officer for the Port of Everett.

He calls this career move “the completion of a cycle,” in that he will be working in public service in the community where he grew up, where his family has roots and his parents still reside.

Carter, 58, grew up in Everett and his father worked at the Simpson Pulp and Paper Mill on the Snohomish River. His career took him all over the country and then back to the Pacific Northwest, where he first worked in private business, then for many years at the Port of Bellingham (1990-2007), before becoming the City of Bellingham’s appointed Finance Director in January 2008.  When he had the opportunity to put his strategic financial skills to use back in Everett, his hometown, he jumped at the opportunity.

"I am very excited to work for the Port of Everett, a great organization with outstanding opportunities,” Carter said. “To do so in a place where I have deep family roots is an added bonus."

In his resignation announcement to Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville and the Bellingham City Council, Carter said it has been a privilege to serve in the Bellingham community.

“It has been an honor to serve this City and to have the trust of the Mayor and the Council,” he said. “I admire Kelli’s service to our city very much and have deep regard for the privilege it has been to serve in her administration and with you all as your appointed representative.”

Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville said Carter’s financial acumen and extensive experience in the Bellingham community will be sorely missed.

“John’s strategic financial guidance has been invaluable to me and to his colleagues city wide,” she said. “I am very grateful for his service to the City, and will miss his contributions to our management team and his honest, straightforward, highly ethical advice.” She added that Carter played a significant role in keeping the City on relatively stable financial footing during our country’s recent economic downtown, prior to her being elected as Bellingham’s mayor.

Bellingham’s first appointed Finance Director
Carter succeeded former elected Finance Director Therese Holm when her second term was complete at the end of 2007 and after voters approved a City Charter amendment changing the Finance Director to an appointed rather than an elected position. 

Charter Section 8.05, effective Jan. 1, 2008, states that the Finance Director shall be appointed or removed by the Mayor with City Council approval.  The Finance Director serves as a key member of the City's executive management team, responsible for providing financial stewardship of the City’s resources and managing the City's finance and business operations.

Linville said she expects to name an interim director shortly, and will begin the recruitment and selection process for a permanent Finance Director as soon as possible.


More information:

Downloadable photo of John Carter

Port of Everett announcement


Media contacts:
Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville or Janice Keller, Communications Manager, 360-778-8100


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