Our Vision

We are valued for our ability to operate sustainably; move strategically, decisively and effectively; and make the Palouse a great place to live and a better place to work.

Our Mission

The Port of Whitman County is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all citizens of Whitman County through industrial real estate development, preservation of multi-modal transportation, facilitation of economic development and provision of on-water recreational opportunities.

Our Core Values

5 core values

Integrity

We exemplify the highest ethical standards, delivering on our commitments and inspiring public trust.

Sustainability

We make business decisions that ensure long-term financial sustainability.

Stewardship

We are responsible stewards of community resources and the environment.

Collaboration

We seek partnerships that drive economic development in Whitman County.

Leadership

We are a model of leading decisively in the public interest.

The Port of Whitman County is governed by a three-person elected Board of Commissioners.

Our Commissioners

The Commissioners, elected for six-year terms, set policy, approve expenditures and appoint the Executive Director and Port Attorney. While elected countywide, each must live in a specific district within Whitman County. Read more about the role of a Commissioner in the Port of Whitman County’s Commission Handbook.

Karl Webber
Karl Webber
District 1

Karl Webber has served on the Port Commission since 2020. He is a 30-year resident of Tekoa, Washington and the President/Principal Consultant of KB2 Performance Management Systems, a management consulting business that serves small to large manufacturing companies across the state. Karl is privileged to serve on the National Western Region Board of The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), the governing board for all chapters west of the continental divide.

Karl and his wife, Dianne, make their home in Tekoa, Washington.

Kristine Meyer
Kristine Meyer
District 2

Kristine Meyer has served on the Port Commission since 2017. She is the Executive Director of the Avista Foundation and Community Investment Manager for Avista. Kristine is a graduate of Gonzaga University and Gonzaga University School of Law. She has been privileged to serve as a director on the board of the Inland Northwest Chapter of the Red Cross and the City of Spokane Parks Board.

Kristine and her husband, Tony, make their home on the farm southwest of Pullman, Washington.

Tom Kammerzell
Tom Kammerzell
District 3

Tom has served on the Port Commission since 2012. He is a lifelong citizen of Whitman County and owner/operator of Maple K Farms LLC, an agricultural endeavor focused on grass-fed Highland beef and commercial grain production. He has participated in public service for the last 25 years including: 16 years on the Colfax Planning Commission; 7 years on the Colfax City Council; 5 years as a Whitman County Conservation District Supervisor; and 4 years as Whitman County Cattlemen’s President.

Tom and his wife, Cheryl, live on the family farm in Wilcox, Washington.

Port Staff

Joe Poire
Executive Director
joepoire@portwhitman.com
Doug Getz
Maintenance Director
maintenance@portwhitman.com
Debbie Snell
Properties & Development Director
dsnell@portwhitman.com
Kara Riebold
Chief Operating Officer
kara@portwhitman.com
Sarah Highfield
Communications Director
sarah@portwhitman.com
Brenda Stav
Finance Director
brenda@portwhitman.com