Port of Seattle CEO Ted Fick out

3:28 PM: The Port of Seattle has announced that CEO Ted Fick has resigned:

The Port of Seattle Commissioners accepted the resignation of CEO Ted Fick today in public session. The special meeting was called for this specific action.

“We accept the resignation of Ted Fick, and acknowledge his desire to return to the private sector,” said Commission President Tom Albro. “We are currently working through the details of his departure and will defer further comment until those details are resolved.”

Chief Operating Officer Dave Soike will serve as interim CEO. Soike has over 35 years of experience at many levels and lines of business at the Port of Seattle. A public process for a replacement will begin later this year.

This comes one week after he was reported to have gone on paid leave. Fick, hired a little over two years ago, was “the Port’s first CEO from the private sector,” according to his now-taken-down bio page on the port’s website.

ADDED 4 PM: The port announcement now includes a link to Fick’s resignation letter.

9 Replies to "Port of Seattle CEO Ted Fick out"

  • Jason February 2, 2017 (3:39 pm)

    “We accept the resignation of Ted Fick, and acknowledge his desire to return to the private sector,”

    …over being fired for cause.

    and remember kids, don’t drink and drive. 

  • Maggie February 2, 2017 (9:02 pm)

    Wasn’t he also responsible for the officers at SEATAC that pepper sprayed peaceful protesters? 

    • WSB February 2, 2017 (9:27 pm)

      Fick was placed on leave before then, according to the citywide-media accounts, so he wouldn’t have had any role in that.

  • Great American February 2, 2017 (10:43 pm)



    The protesters that got pepper sprayed were NOT peaceful.  The were blocking emergency exits, inciting fights, and interfering with innocent travelers trying to catch their flights.

  • Mike February 3, 2017 (2:04 pm)

    “One person was charged with misdemeanor assault.” One person hardly seems like a violent protest

  • LuckyJimDixon February 3, 2017 (10:11 pm)

    Who is the King County Council member who improperly gave Fick a gift(s)?  The Seattle Times and other media outlets aren’t specifying this person.

    My money is on one of the Republicans or Balducci.

    • WSB February 3, 2017 (10:26 pm)

      I am currently reading the documents that the port has made public, citing multiple PDRs. (They were added as a link to the news release we linked above – https://portofseattle.nextrequest.com/requests/17-60 )

      One of the docs, a letter to Fick, says: “-You received two tickets to a Mariners game on July 6, 2015, from Peter von Reichbauer, King County Council member. Each ticket was valued at $47.96. The total value of the two tickets was $95.92.”

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