Port of Camas-Washougal Chief Executive Officer David Ripp has announced he intends to retire in 2024, following a port management career that has spanned nearly three decades.
Ripp, 57, made the announcement during a Port Commission meeting held Thursday, Jan. 4, and said he hasn’t set a specific date for his retirement, but “will probably leave sometime in the fall.”
Ripp added that the Port will begin a search for his replacement later this month or in early February.
“We want to have enough time for me to work with (them) to make sure they’re not just being dropped down (to) hit the ground running. They’ll have time to be brought up to speed and know exactly what they’re doing,” Ripp said, adding that he plans to help introduce the Port’s next CEO to the local community and help them acclimate to their new position.
Speaking with The Post-Record following his announcement, Ripp said he believed now is the right time for his retirement.