The Port of Ridgefield is governed by a three-member Board of Commissioners, one from each of the three commissioner districts. Commissioners are elected by voters to six-year terms with only one board position coming before the voters in any given year.
The Commission sets policy, liaisons with other elected officials, authorizes major expenditures, conducts public meetings and appoints an chief executive officer who is responsible for management leadership and the day-to-day operations of the port.
Commissioners & Executives
R. Bruce Wiseman
Commissioner – Port District #1
Commissioner Bruce R. Wiseman was first appointed to the Port Commission in October of 1998 and was elected to serve a six-year term in November of that same year. Before becoming a member of the port commission, Mr. Wiseman spent 30 years with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and at the time of his retirement was project leader for the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.
Commissioner Wiseman is the owner of “The Tree Wisemans,” a Ridgefield Christmas tree farm. He has been successfully managing the business for nearly 30 years. As a volunteer, Wiseman has donated his time to numerous civic groups and other organizations such as the Ridgefield School District, Little League, Ridgefield 4th of July Committee, Ridgefield Lions, Boosters Clubs, Chamber of Commerce and the Vancouver Lake Watershed Partnership. At the port he takes special interest is environmental matters, especially with regard to the Wildlife Refuge and the port’s environmental cleanup of the Lake River Industrial Site. He is a graduate of Washington State University-Pullman.
Commissioner – Port District #2
A Ridgefield resident since 1993, Commissioner Scott Hughes was first elected to the Port Commission in 2009. He is the owner/operator of Ridgefield Hardware, a business he purchased in 1999. Prior to his purchase of the hardware store, Commissioner Hughes had a successful career in the insurance industry. He has been active with the Ridgefield Business Association and served three years on the Ridgefield Planning Commission, including a term as commission chairman. Prior to his election to the Port Commission, Hughes was a regular attendee at port public meetings offering input and feedback as well as volunteering his time and energy to numerous port events. Hughes is a University of Portland graduate and also holds an MBA from Washington State University.
D. Joe Melroy
Commissioner – Port District #3
Commissioner Joe Melroy was elected to the Port Commission in 1998. He has been a Ridgefield resident since 1968, relocating here from San Diego, where he attended college. Shortly after moving to Ridgefield, Melroy founded On-site Roll Forming, a business he has successfully operated for nearly thirty years.
Melroy is active in local civic groups including Spudder Boosters Club, Ridgefield 4th of July Committee, Little League Baseball, Chamber of Commerce, Ridgefield Business Association, and the Lions Club, on which he served as chair. Additionally, Melroy served on the Ridgefield Planning Commission.
Brent Grening was appointed CEO of the port in March of 1998. Prior to work with the Port of Ridgefield, Grening served as executive director of the Tri-County Economic Development District in northeast Washington, and as manager of business development for the Snohomish County Washington Economic Development Council. He is a graduate of the University of Washington, with a Master’s degree in urban planning.
Grening currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Columbia River Economic Development Council and is involved in the Washington Public Ports Association. His skill sets include:
- Business Management & Planning
- Strategic Planning
- Real Estate Finance
- Economic Development
- Urban Planning
A lifelong Clark County resident, Bill Eling has served as the port’s general legal counsel for more than 25 years. He is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law and Gonzaga University. Bill was recently appointed as counsel for the Port of Klickitat and has served as the city attorney for the cities of Woodland and Bingen. He is a member of the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys and the Washington Public Port Association.