John Carter leaving city finance post


BELLINGHAM - City Finance Director John Carter has announced that he will leave his position in mid-August to become chief financial officer for the Port of Everett.

Carter, 58, grew up in Everett, where his father worked at Simpson Pulp and Paper. After about 10 years as chief financial officer at DIS Corp., a Bellingham software firm, he became chief financial officer at the Port of Bellingham.

He worked for the port from 1990 to 2007 before former mayor Dan Pike appointed him city finance director. Up to that point, finance director had been an elected office, but city voters approved a charter amendment to make the post an appointed office at the start of 2008.

Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville said Carter will be missed.

"I am very grateful for his service to the city, and will miss his contributions to our management team and his honest, straightforward, highly ethical advice," she said.

Linville expects to name an interim director shortly and will begin the recruitment process for a permanent finance director.

Reach JOHN STARK at or call 715-2274.

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