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A new private security firm will soon take over security services at the Port of Longview. Commissioners this week awarded a five-year contract to Florida-based G4S. The contract will cost nearly $1 million a year, based on security officers’ hours.

It’s been a decade since the port starting contracting private security services after it switched from being an open port post-9/11, said Norm Krehbiel, Port Interim CEO.

The port’s existing five-year contract with U.S. Security Associates (formerly McRoberts Protective Agency) is slated to expire Sept. 30. The expiration of the contract automatically triggered a competitive selection process.

U.S. Security applied for a new contract, but commissioners opted for G4S instead, in part, because it was the lowest bidder and partly because G4S performed better in a ranked evaluation process, Krehbiel said. The security officers man the gates at port entrances and patrol the port facility. 

The total price of the contract fluctuates based on hours, but should amount to about $920,000 annually. This year the port had $935,000 budgeted for services.

However, a decline in logs has meant the port needed fewer security officers’ hours this year, Krehbiel said.

The Daily News, Longview, Wash.

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