Port of Astoria Executive Director Jack Crider isn’t wasting any time. His last day with the Port of Astoria is April 30. He plans to turn in his keys, hug everyone goodbye and make the 9-hour drive to Eureka, Calif., to begins his new job on May 1 as chief executive officer for Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District.

Crider gave the Port of Astoria Commission his resignation in March, stating that he and his wife were planning to move to a sunnier locale. At the time, Crider said he was talking with several potential employers, but that nothing was decided. He accepted the position with Humboldt Bay Harbor on Thursday, April 12.

“It’s not exactly sun, but it’s closer to it,” Crider said of the northern California port. “This is a good interim.”

Humboldt Bay Harbor has had an interim CEO since September 2011, when that commission terminated its contract with 15-year CEO David Hull.

Crider said that Humboldt Bay Harbor is in a similar situation now as the Port of Astoria was when he was named its executive director four years ago—a brand new board and a CEO that was let go.

But he said the situation in Eureka is “not as bad, definitely not as bad.”

Crider said the position offers other perks besides being closer to the sun. “I’m excited to get back to my first love of fish biology,” he said. Humboldt Bay Harbor places particular emphasis on wildlife management and conservation.

Crider’s wife will remain in Lincoln City until they’ve sold their house and a grocery store in Dallas, he said.

“I’m just trying to sell everything out of Oregon so I can leave,” he said.

Until then, Crider will continue to commute home when he can, which means a 6.5-hour drive one way from Eureka to Lincoln City.