The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

By Tony Gorman
For The Star 

Harbormaster resigns after three months on job

Officials mum, but begin search during reorganization efforts


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The harbormaster office is open, but who is has the job?

For the second time this year, the City of Valdez is looking to hire a new harbormaster. Last Friday, Robert Trextor abruptly resigned from the post after only three months on the job of overseeing the city-owned small boat harbor.

City officials have declined to cite a reason for Trextor’s resignation, citing a personnel issue. Diane Kinney, director of ports and harbors, said the resignation took everyone by surprise.

“We are sorry to see Bob go,” Kinney said. “He had started to working thorough some of our processes. We were really sorry to hear he decided to move on.”

In his brief stint as harbormaster, Trextor was working on updating office policies and streamlining procedures to track different activities such as boat movement within the harbor. He was also preparing maintenance projects to be included in next year’s city budget.

Despite Trextor’s unexpected resignation, Kinney said the harbormaster position has not experienced a high turnover rate in recent years.

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The Valdez Small Boat Harbor fish cleaning station outside the harbormaster office.

Before becoming harbormaster, Trextor worked for Providence Valdez Medical Center and the IT department at city hall. He took over the harbormaster position after former harbormaster Steve Waller became the harbor’s maintenance manager. The move is part of the department’s personnel reorganization plan.

“We had been advertising for a while for the position,” Kinney said. “So during that time we had decided how we were going to reorganize things. So, when Robert came on we did a reorganization and he moved into the harbormaster position at that time.”

Officials plan to start the advertising process again this week and will include a wider search arena.

Efforts to contact Trextor proved unsuccessful.


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