Avalon has been searching for a new harbormaster since July 1, shortly after Brian Bray ended his 38-year career on the job. Assistant Harbormaster JJ Poindexter has filled in as Interim Harbormaster, while the city interviews applicants.
Oceanside has also been looking to hire someone to manage its 1,000-slip harbor; former Harbor Manager Paul Lawrence retired June 16.
The Avalon harbormaster position’s salary ranges from $155,484 to $189,000 annually. The annual salary range for Harbor Division Manager in Oceanside is between $92,888 and $118,212.
City staff in Avalon interviewed nine out of 30 applicants for harbormaster and has narrowed the pool of candidates down to four, according to Poindexter.
A final hiring decision has not been made as of Sept. 26, The Log verified with Avalon City Manager David Jenkins.
“The position is an important one and we will take what time we need to ensure that we do the best job possible for the City and community on this matter,” Jenkins stated. “The Interim Harbor Master remains JJ. Poindexter. He and Department personnel are doing a good job during this period of time while a final decision on the appointment is under review.”
Oceanside’s website had the application process open until July 14. The position is no longer posted on the city’s website but is posted on the harbormaster.org website. The Log reached out to Oceanside harbor administrator who had no updates on the status of the position.