Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Interim Director Takes Over at Port of LA

Los Angeles City Engineer and former engineering bureau general manager Gary Lee Moore has begun his duties as interim director of the Port of Los Angeles, taking over for retiring Executive Director Geraldine Knatz.

Knatz was the port’s executive director for almost eight years before announcing in October that she was stepping down.

In his decade-long tenure as city engineer for Los Angeles, Moore oversaw an annual operating budget of $149 million, according to the city. Prior to that, he was General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering, where he was responsible for the city’s public infrastructure network; his duties included the planning, design and construction of all public facilities.

“Gary is a trusted public servant, with a 28-year track record with the city,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who appointed Moore to the position last month, said in a statement. “His leadership will be critical in our efforts to grow and maximize the port’s economic impact while minimizing environmental concerns in Harbor area neighborhoods and the entire Los Angeles region.”
Moore’s first order of business will be a trip to Japan, where he will meet with Japanese customers and port officials.

“The port is a critical economic engine for the city and region,” Moore said. “In the face of fierce global competition, my focus will be to keep us on a path of sustained growth that generates jobs and business investment, and also assures that we retain our position as the nation’s leading port.”