POVAPend Oreille Valley Railroad


Van Whysong, District 3

Mr. Whysong was appointed to fill the District 3 Commissioner position effective April 1, 2013, replacing former Commissioner Steve Kiss.  Mr. Whysong is retired from the Selkirk School District where he was a teacher for 31 years.  He currently serves as a Council member for both the Town of Metaline Falls and for the Metaline Falls Congregational Church.    Additionally, Mr. Whysong is a member of the Cutter Theatre staff and serves on the Metaline Falls Volunteer Fire Department.   Mr. Whysong’s years of commitment to the County, the community, and the Selkirk School District have provided him with an understanding of the needs of the north end of Pend Oreille County.  This knowledge is very beneficial to the Port.

R.L. (Bob) Shanklin, District 2

Mr. Shanklin has served as a Port Commissioner since January 1, 2000.   Mr. Shanklin retired in 1996 after having served 44 years in the railroad industry, including working for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific, The Seattle North Coast and the Pend Oreille Valley Railroad. He currently provides consulting services to various Short Line Railroads, making bridge inspections and training railroad personnel in how to carry out bridge repairs. Mr. Shanklin’s years of experience in the railroad industry as well as his involvement in other community boards and organizations is an asset to Port operations.

John W. Harkness, III, District 1

Mr. Harkness has served as a Port Commissioner since being appointed in 2005 due to the resignation of former Commissioner Harold Bond.   Mr. Harkness recently retired from Carlson Sheet Metal in Spokane.  Mr. Harkness has been involved in various Pend Oreille County activities and planning for many years.  His years of community service combined with his years of service and experience in industry allow him to provide valuable insight to Port operations.


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