While not quite official at the Fall 2021 PortWorks press deadline, it soon will be: Randy Mueller is expected to be hired to pick-up the CEO mantle beginning January 1. He’ll replace Brent Grening, who’s retiring January 3.
Mueller is no stranger to the Port of Ridgefield; he worked as Director of Business Development from 2007 to 2014, departing Ridgefield to take the
job of CEO for the Port of Chehalis; a position he held for seven years. He’s enthusiastic about the opportunity to take the helm at Ridgefield’s port.
“I’m thrilled to be returning to Ridgefield and Clark County,” Mueller said. “This community is very special and it’s exciting to continue the great work
done by this port.”
Mueller noted Grening was his professional mentor in the port world. “Brent leaves me with some very big shoes to fill,” Mueller said, “but I’m confident the next chapter of the port’s history will be as great as its last.”
While at the Port of Chehalis Mueller led a two-year strategic planning effort to align with objectives of the port commission, developed new partnerships,
significantly increased operating revenues, filled all vacant properties, and constructed the first new building there in 20 years.
Mueller holds a B.A. from Washington State University, a Master of Real Estate Development from Portland State University, and an Executive Master of Public Administration from University of