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New Harbor Master Comes Aboard

Scott A. Grindy was offered the position, replacing the former Harbor Master who retired in December, after 'an exhaustive and highly competitive selection process.'

The San Mateo County Harbor District announced the hiring of a new Harbor Master this past week.

Scott A. Grindy, who ended up the final pick after what the Harbor District called "an exhaustive and highly competitive selection process," started work Monday.

Grindy brings a wealth of experience in port and harbor management to the table, including having served as the facilities and security director at the Port of Everett in Washington. At that position, he was tasked with overseeing port facilities at multiple locations, and management of Everett’s 2,400 berth marina, overseeing slip rentals, utility and slip billing, budgeting, grants, marketing, customer services, and facility maintenance and security. 

Grindy was also an executive member of the Area Maritime Security Committee through the Department of Homeland Security.  He has a federal secret clearance for use with the U. S. Coast Guard. 

Grindy succeeds Robert Johnson, who retired in December.

"We are excited to have Mr. Grindy leading our operations and staff into the future," said Peter Grenell, general manager of the Harbor District, in a statement announcing Grindy's hiring.

As Harbor Master, Grindy will oversee harbor operations at both Pillar Point Harbor in Princeton and Oyster Point Marina/Park in South San Francisco.  

Gene Mullin April 24, 2012 at 06:33 PM
I enjoyed working with Robert Johnson for the many years he served as harbor master at Oyster Point. I found him responsive and diligent and hope that his replacement will exhibit those same qualities. Good luck in retirement Robert, and may the waves always be gentle.
Pillar Point Harbor June 23, 2012 at 12:37 AM
The San Mateo County Harbor Commissioners pay themselves $7,200 EACH per year, a total of $36,000 for the five commissioners. Then on top of that, they get full health care FOR LIFE. They are not full-time employees, and in fact spend only a few hours a month on District business. They should not get any health care. No other San Mateo County elected officials except the full-time Board of Supervisors get health care. How much does harbor commissioner health care cost the Harbor District? Compare that to other local agencies. Half Moon Bay City Council members get $300/month and no health care. Directors of Coastside County Water District (CCWD), Montara Water and Sanitary District (MWSD), Granada Sanitary District (GSD), Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside (SAM), Coastside Fire Protection District (CFPD), Cabrillo Unified School District (CUSD), all get in the range of $50 to $150 per meeting, generally one meeting per month, and no health care. (I've heard that CUSD trustees actually donate their fees back to the District.) The Harbor District appears to be budgeting $300,000 per year for Commission expenses. Where does all that money get squandered?

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