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Port Commission appoints interim commissioner

Port Commission appoints interim commissioner

Members of the Greater Lafourche Port Commission selected an interim member in a special meeting on Wednesday to fill the seat of Donald Vizier, who resigned two weeks ago after serving more than 25 years on the board.

By majority vote, commissioners selected Larose businessman Ted Savoie to fill the vacancy. Savoie has many years of experience in the marine industry and he took the seat after being sworn in on Wednesday morning.

“I would like to thank the members of this commission for the trust they have placed in me by choosing me to sit on this body. I will work hard to move the port forward and see that it grows as an economic engine for the area and the region,” Savoie said.

Port Executive Director Chett Chiasson welcomed him aboard by noting that, “Ted brings years of experience in the maritime industry that will be very beneficial to the board as well as the port. We look forward to working with him to move Port Fourchon forward.”

Port Commissioners are elected to six-year terms and serve the community of the Tenth Ward of Lafourche Parish at large. The Tenth Ward is comprised of the area of Lafourche Parish south of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway to the Gulf of Mexico.

"Port Commissioners are elected by the people of the Tenth Ward, but our port and our airport serve as the biggest economic engine in the south east part of the state, providing thousands of jobs to our residents and the region servicing our nation's energy industry. It's a big responsibility, and we are very happy to see Mr. Savoie step up and help us serve our community and our country," said Board President Perry Gisclair.

Mr. Vizier had served for 26 years as the member for Seat D, having been elected for five terms as Port Commissioner before his resignation.

The special election to fill the unexpired term of the seat is scheduled for March 5 with a runoff, if necessary set for April 9. Qualifying for the position is set for the first week in December. Savoie will serve until the winner of the spring election is sworn in.