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Connecting Central Washington to the World

For over 55 years the Port of Moses Lake has connected Central Washington to the world, linking people and products by air, rail, and land, across the globe. Grant County, in which the Port takes center stage, lies in the sunbelt of the state, where a pleasant climate creates opportunities to benefit from hard work and hard play. You will find the Port just a few miles north of Interstate 90, off Highway 17, surrounded by a supportive community and within easy distance of Seattle to the west and Spokane to the east.

Our Mission

Our mission is to promote economic vitality in Greater Moses Lake through leadership, stewardship and partnerships in aviation and industrial development.

Our Vision

Diversifying our region's economy and leveraging opportunities with the Grant County International Airport.

PORT Leadership

The Port of Moses Lake is governed by a three-member Port commission and administered by an Executive Director.

Darrin Jackson
District One

(Current Commission President)
Commissioner Jackson was appointed as Port Commissioner in June 2017 and elected in November of 2019. In addition to proudly serving in the US Army, he is an accomplished pilot and serves as a Deputy Sheriff for the Grant County Sheriff's Office Aviation Division. He owns and operates Jackson Flight Center LLC, a flight school located at Moses Lake Municipal Airport. He is a long-time resident of Moses Lake, having lived there for more than 50 years. His slogan has always been, “Build me a mile long road and I can only go a mile; build me a mile long runway and I will show you the world.”

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Stroud W. Kunkle
District Two

Born and raised in southeastern Pennsylvania, Commissioner Kunkle served in the military for 5 years, including in Viet Nam as a commissioned Army aviator. He graduated from the University of Idaho in 1975 with a BS in Business, majoring in accounting, then moved to Moses Lake in 1976 to work for Morris, Jones & Palmer, now Sutter, Kunkle & Thompson, P.S. Stroud married Mary Nilsson from Dayton, WA in 1970, with whom he has two children and four grandchildren. Commissioner Kunkle began service on the Port Commission in 2012. He has been deeply involved in community service, including three terms on the Moses Lake School Board, Director of Community Services of Moses Lake, Director of the Moses Lake Business Association, Member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Moses Lake, and as Trustee of the Big Bend Community College Foundation.

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Kent Jones
District Three

Commissioner Jones moved to Moses Lake with his family in 1948 at the age of eight. In 1957 he graduated from Washington State University, Eastern Washington University, and Big Bend Community College. After graduating, he spent three years in Germany. In 1964, he married Pam Fisk, and together they have two children, Bryan and Amy. Kent has been a leading realtor since 1962, including his service as President of the Washington Association of Realtors in 1987. Commissioner Jones served as a Port Commissioner from 1999 to 2007 and returned to the Port in 2010. His service to the community includes the Moses Lake Planning Commission, Moses Lake City Council, Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce and Moses Lake Rotary.

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PORT Staff

Executive Director - Vacant
Rich Mueller
Airport Director
Richard Hanover
Director, Business Development
Loretta St. Andre
Business Intelligence Analyst
Kim R. Detrolio
Director, Finance & Administration
Carol L. Crapson
Director of Real Estate
Milton Miller
Director, Facilities

History of the PORT

On November 2nd, 1965, voters overwhelmingly approved the “Grant County Port District #10,” the Port of Moses Lake, to receive a majority of the soon-to-be-decommissioned Larson Air Force Base. Since that day, the Port has found ways to spur growth and activity in the community. In its infancy operations were driven by military activity, Japan Airlines, and Boeing. Today the Port is home to over 60 industries employing over 3,500 people. Much is owed to the founders and specifically the last base commander and first Port of Moses Lake Executive Manager, Col. Clyde Owen.

"History of the Port" Video Series
"The Port of Moses Lake - A History"
Free E-book - PDF (26 MB)

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