Annapolis Harbormaster Retires

| April 16, 2010 | 4 Comments

Last Day To Be May 1, 2010

Just as the 2010 boating season is getting started, Annapolis Harbormaster Ric Dahlgren has resigned.After 22 years and having served under five Mayors, Dahlgren has decided to leave the City.

His immediate replacement will be the Deputy Harbormaster, however, it has yet to be determined if the City will even fill the position considering the budget situation.

In a statement on the retirement, Mayor Joshua J. Cohen said, “For more than two decades, Ric has deftly managed the Harbormaster’s Office and served as a maritime ambassador for America’s Sailing Capital. Ric’s love for the water and his boating knowledge are second to none. But more than that, his innate decency and ability to deal with everyone, from millionaire yachtsmen to watermen, has earned him the affection and respect of many, many people.

Joshua J.  Cohen (D),  Annapolis Mayor

The City’s full press release is after the jump.

Annapolis, MD (04-16-10) – Mayor Joshua J. Cohen announced today that Ulric “Ric” Dahlgren, the City’s Harbormaster for the past 22 years, is retiring effective May 1.

“For more than two decades, Ric has deftly managed the Harbormaster’s Office and served as a maritime ambassador for America’s Sailing Capital,” Mayor Cohen said.  “Ric’s love for the water and his boating knowledge are second to none. But more than that, his innate decency and ability to deal with everyone, from millionaire yachtsmen to watermen, has earned him the affection and respect of many, many people.”

The Harbormaster is responsible for ensuring the City’s waterways are safe and navigable for the 8,000 to 10,000 boats that visit Annapolis every year. The Office oversees Ego Alley, City Dock, portions of the Severn River and several creeks. The Office manages both public and private boat moorings as well as the slips at City Dock.

Annapolis’ reputation as an environmental leader also extends to the water. Last year, the Maryland Clean Marina Committee and the Department of Natural Resources recognized City Dock as a Maryland Clean Marina.

Mr. Dahlgren worked for the City as a summer assistant Harbormaster in 1981 and 1982. He was hired as Deputy Harbormaster in October 1987 and was promoted to the top position in February 1988.

Mr. Dahlgren previously worked as a harbor police officer in Santa Barbara, Calif. He also served in the Marine Corps (rising to the rank of captain), and worked as an air traffic controller and a commercial fisherman.

Upon Mr. Dahlgren’s retirement, Deputy Harbormaster Flip Walters will serve as Acting Harbormaster and will report to Chief Administrative Officer Doug Smith.  No date has been set to permanently fill the position.

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