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Port Director applicants have wide array of experience

Posted: May 28, 2011 - 7:02pm

Applicants for port director include a wide array of experience, including two Docks and Harbors employees and several former U.S. Coast Guard servicemen.

Seven have applied for the position, from which director John Stone is retiring. The board is discussing the candidates, and has scheduled another executive session meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Assembly Chambers.

The applicants are:

• Gary Gillette, a city port engineer, has gained extensive experience with Juneau’s docks and harbors projects since taking the job in 2008. He also previously worked for the city engineering department from 2001 to 2008 and worked in community development prior to that. Gillette also served in the Coast Guard and was honorably discharged in 1970.

• Eric Hunter most recently served in the Coast Guard as a marine casualty investigator from 2006 through February. He also worked with a firm that constructed oil field production solutions that are in use worldwide. Hunter is being honorably discharged from the Coast Guard.

“My interest and background is in ship and port operations and, especially over the past six years, I have expanded professionally while working for the federal government in Southeast Alaska,” he wrote. “During my tenure in the Coast Guard, I have been involved with all aspects of port operations.”

• Vance Jacobson of Seattle currently works with a firm as a managing director for projects in government, transportation, utilities, health care and education. His clients have been the cities of Sitka, Wrangell and Ketchikan, along with seven hospitals. He has worked with the firm since 1983. Jacobson wrote in his cover letter his background in human resources and with leadership, serving ports and creativity are his strengths.

• Carl Ferlauto, a professional engineer, worked recently with two engineering firms in Alaska and also served a year with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation as an official for wastewater systems in the state. Ferlauto has 23 years experience in engineering and a career focus on waterfront issues. Ferlauto also earned an honorable discharge from the Coast Guard in 1999 as a lieutenant.

• Carl Uchytil is a professional engineer currently serving in the Coast Guard as the chief, plans and force readiness person. A captain in the Coast Guard, he is expected to receive an honorable discharge this month. Uchytil believes he can bring “an innovative perspective and add value to the Port of Juneau team.”

• Douglas Liermann works as a harbor officer and for port security with Docks and Harbors, and has since 2000. He has also worked with the Legislative Affairs Agency and as the day lodge manager at Eaglecrest. Liermann wrote he is interested in taking the next step forward in career development with the city and believes he has a strong foundation for the department.

• Jeffrey White is currently a general manager for Goldbelt Inc. and has been since 1998, but prior positions included working with Gastineau Guiding Company and Princess Tours. White wrote his work has taken on “progressively more challenging positions within the community of Juneau” and has given him a foundation in “facilities management and the maritime and transportation industries.” He also has experience on civic boards and served on the Docks and Harbors board.

• Contact reporter Sarah Day at 523-2279 or at

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