Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Interim POLA Director Won’t Seek Job Permanently

By Mark Edward Nero

Interim Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gary Lee Moore will not apply for the permanent position, and plans to return to his duties as Los Angeles City Engineer after a permanent executive director is selected and in place, he said March 21.

“It has been a privilege to lead the Harbor Department,” Moore said. “With my intentions clear, I hope this encourages all outstanding candidates to apply for the position.”

Moore was tapped to become the port’s interim director by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti in October 2013 after then-Executive Director Geraldine Knatz announced her retirement. Knatz had been appointed to the executive director job in 2006 by then-Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Knatz, who began her maritime career as an environmental scientist at the Port of Los Angeles in 1977, was managing director of the neighboring Port of Long Beach from 1999 to 2005 before returning to the Port of LA.

Before being named interim port director, Moore has been City Engineer for the City of Los Angeles for a decade.

“I’m grateful for Gary’s leadership,” Garcetti said in a prepared statement regarding Moore’s announcement. “His professionalism and impeccable integrity has served the port well.”

In addition to his oversight of key port capital projects over the past four months, Moore helped shape the port’s upcoming $938 million fiscal budget.

Nominations and submittals from interested candidates for the port executive director position are still being accepted and should be sent to heather@ralphandersen.com by Mon., April 14, 2014.
A full description of the position and qualifications is available at http://www.portoflosangeles.org/pdf/Recruitment_Brochure-Executive_Director_03-06-14.pdf.