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Fick fires back in Seattle port row

Ted Fick has fired back in a war of words with his ex-employers, the Port of Seattle. Fick resigned last week, with allegations sweeping local media that he had authorised hundreds of millions of dollars in extra payments to staff. He had been put on temporary leave last month and also faces a drink-driving trial in March.

Fick wrote yesterday to the Seattle Times newspaper in order to try and put his side of the story across.

Fick said the bonuses were another commissioner’s idea, although he recommended it, and that commissioners should have known he would get extra pay too. Moreover, he claimed commissioners began to look for a scapegoat after the state auditor began investigations.

Chief operating officer Dave Soike, a 35-year veteran of the port, is serving as interim CEO.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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