Meet the Commissioners

Cary Bozeman

Vice President
(360) 337-9375

Current Term: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2021

District 1: West Bremerton, portions of East Bremerton, Kitsap Lake and Chico

Previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Bremerton from 2009-2011, Cary has returned as Port Commissioner in 2015 for a six year term (2016-2021). He has also served as mayor of Bellevue and Bremerton, where he has lived since 1997. In addition, Cary is the founder of The Bozeman Group, a consulting firm that works with cities to create economically viable downtown urban neighborhoods. Bozeman has received several honors throughout his career including being named by Seattle Magazine as one of the most influential people of 2007 and receiving the Governor’s 2004 Economic Development Award. Cary’s top priorities as Commissioner are: Recruiting new companies and jobs to the Port’s industrial properties, working with the Cities of Bremerton and Port Orchard on economic development projects and improving ferry service.

Larry Stokes

(360) 710-2925

Current Term: January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2019

District 2: Downtown Port Orchard, portions of Eastern South Kitsap

Larry Stokes was first elected to the Board of Commissioners in 1979, serving as a Commissioner until 1989. In 2008 and 2014, Commissioner Stokes was reelected to the Port Board of Commissioners. Key priorities for Commissioner Stokes are to work to boost public outreach and increase the occupancy of the Port's marina and existing facilities to create new jobs and grow the revenue generated by Port businesses. Commissioner Stokes is a firm believer that the taxpayers, "who are the owners of the Port of Bremerton," should get a reasonable and fair return on their investment. Larry is a 20 -year Navy veteran who specialized in the medical aspects in deep sea diving. After retiring from the Navy, he founded Stokes Auction Inc., a well-known Kitsap auction company. Stokes Auction Inc. is a third-generation family business with a proud commitment to the community. It's now owned and operated by his daughter, a long-time employee of the auction company.

Axel Strakeljahn

(360) 731-4406

Current Term: January 1, 2012- December 31, 2017

District 3: Portions of South Kitsap, Southwest Bremerton, Seabeck/Holly/Crosby

Axel Strakeljahn has spent the past 30 years working and living on the shores of the Kitsap Peninsula. After years of leading successful businesses in the community, he has also actively in supported community organizations such as Boys and Girls Club and Habitat for Humanity.

Now the director of one of Kitsap County’s largest retail corporations, Axel explains that his decision to run for commissioner was based on a desire to offer his extensive business knowledge in the public service arena.

After successfully operating several large businesses, he hopes to bring decades of experience in producing and managing large budgets, controlling expenses, establishing more promotional events, and bringing new business to the Port of Bremerton.

“I have a personal interest in seeing the county I reside in flourish. As a commissioner who cares about ideas that support the people who live here and the responsibility of managing the taxpayer’s money, I know I can lead the Port of Bremerton toward creating the kind of place where everyone can thrive,” he says.