Commissioners Select New Public Works Director


An impressive field of Public Works Director candidates were whittled down to one at this morning’s business meeting of the Grays Harbor County Commissioners. The commishes voted unanimously to offer the position to Joseph Seet. The position was previously held by Kevin Varness, who retired at the end of January.

Commissioner Wes Cormier moved to make/approve the offer to Seet after a brief executive session discussion. Commissioner Vickie Raines, who is out of town, joined the executive session by phone. The session lasted about five minutes.

Back in public session, Cormier made his motion. Raines seconded by phone. Commissioner Frank Gordon agreed. The motion passed 3 to 0.

“I think he will serve the county very, very well and bring a much-needed outside perspective we’ve needed for a long time,” said Raines.

Gordon concurred, noting the “high caliber” of applicants for the position.

Cormier described the competition as “fierce.” He added, “I’m happy with Joseph.”

Gordon noted that Seet was born in Malaysia. “He moved here at 18 years old.”

Seet has not yet accepted the offer. If he does, a start date is “to be negotiated.” Stay tuned.