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Commission Bylaws

Most recently amended by Resolution No. 3754. 

The Port of Seattle was chartered by the voters of King County as a port district by special election on September 5, 1911, as a special-purpose municipal corporation of the State of Washington. The Port of Seattle Commission is vested with all port powers described by law and governs the Port of Seattle in accordance with state law to fulfill the port’s purposes and objectives.

These bylaws constitute the rules governing the transaction of business by the duly elected Port of Seattle Commission. Commissioners shall faithfully, ethically and transparently perform all duties of office and shall abide by the principle that public service is a public trust. It is the goal of these bylaws to outline the transaction of business in a way that appropriately safeguards the rights of the majority, minority and individual within the body politic of the Port of Seattle Commission.

Commissioners shall serve the public and the mission of the Port of Seattle as a public agency to create quality jobs throughout the diverse communities of King County by advancing trade and commerce, promoting industrial growth and stimulating economic development. Commissioners shall advance the port’s commitment to create economic opportunity for all, responsibly steward the environment, partner with surrounding communities, promote social responsibility, act transparently and remain accountable.

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