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Port Commission Board begins new term

Port Commission Board begins new term

Attorney General Jeff Landry swears in new members

At Wednesday morning's Greater Lafourche Port Commission (GLPC) board meeting, the newly elected and incumbent members were sworn in for the 2019-2024 term by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry.

The nine-member board, which serves the 10th Ward of Lafourche Parish, includes Harris "Chuckie" Cheramie Jr., Seat A; Perry Gisclair, Seat B; Jimmy "T-Jim" Lafont, Seat C; Rodney Gisclair, Seat D; Curtis Pierce, Seat E; Larry Griffin, Seat F; John "T-John" Melancon Jr., Seat G; Mike Callais, Seat H; and Kris Callais, Seat I.

Perry Gisclair, Mike Callais, Kris Callais, Lafont, and Melancon, all won elections en route to either gaining or retaining a seat on the commission. Cheramie, Rodney Gisclair, Pierce, and Griffin, were elected without opposition.

"I am excited to welcome the 2019-2024 board," Port Director Chett Chiasson said. "Our port commission features an experienced group of individuals representing many fields of business and industry. I am anxious to work with all our commissioners because I know they have a true desire to make thoughtful decisions that benefit our port, airport, and community in a positive way. It is a great honor to work for them and our community."

The board, which has jurisdiction over Port Fourchon and the South Lafourche Airport, is the only elected port commission in the state.

Perry Gisclair, who has served as a commissioner for a total of 12 years and board president the past six years, said he welcomes what awaits him and his fellow board members.

"The great people of the 10th Ward of Lafourche elected us to this commission because we live here and want to work hard on their behalf. While our port and airport continue to grow, that doesn't mean we are satisfied. We have many exciting projects planned in the upcoming years that will require due diligence, but in the end, they will benefit all of us. To sit on a board that is involved in these important decisions is an honor and privilege for all us."

“The men and women of South Louisiana who ply their trade in the Gulf of Mexico are some of the hardest working people in the world,” said Attorney General Jeff Landry. “I look forward to continue working with the Greater Lafourche Port Commission to bring economic opportunity to all who work in the Gulf and along the Louisiana coast.”