The Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves today voted unanimously to appoint Mike Mierzwa as acting port director.
Mierzwa, who currently serves as deputy port director, will lead the port on an interim basis following the upcoming departure of Port Director Steve Cernak, who has been offered a position a Chief Executive/Port Director for Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The board voted that Cernak does not have to give 60 days’ notice for his resignation.
The board also voted to conduct a nationwide search for a new port director.
In an interview with Guidry News Service, Mierzwa said he is looking forward to his new assignment and that he will be a candidate for the permanent position. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer
“We have a lot of things out there on our plate,” Mierzwa said. “We have the issue with the city and the Galveston transit terminal, we also are trying to make some improvements to our wharves at Del Monte, we have some more work that can be done down at Pier 12 and 14; obviously the big one for us is trying to get through the lawsuit we have with our insurance providers in trying to continue on toward recovery from Hurricane Ike.”
The board discussed issues relating to the purchase of the Shearn Moody Plaza Parking Garage and development of the Downtown Transportation Terminal in executive session, but took no action.
The board voted unanimously to approve an annual salary of $64,800 for Monica Marshall in the position of assistant controller/accounting manager. Board approval was not necessary to fill the position, but because the salary was higher than $50,000, board approval was required.
The board voted to enter into a contract to purchase 0.8182 acres of land at 1201 Harborside Drive that is known as the former Mobil Bulk Plant.
The board deferred action on discussion of the 2012 Budgeted Employee Retention Pool.
The board deferred action on adoption of the port’s Hazard Mitigation Plan.
The board deferred action on changes in dates for regular monthly meetings of the wharves board during 2012.
All other agenda items were approved. All votes were unanimous, but City Council Member Dianna Puccetti did not attend the meeting, and some trustees did not stay for the entire meeting.