ONLINE UPDATE: Michael Lee named ports authority board chair

by Miriah Hamrick
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wilmington lawyer Michael Lee will replace Danny McComas as chair of the N.C. State Ports Authority Board of Directors.

Lee’s previous post as vice chair will be filled by Robert Sar. Gov. Pat McCrory appointed Lee and Sar following McComas’ April 2 resignation.

Lee is also a candidate for Sen. Thom Goolsby’s District 9 seat.

Lee ran for the seat in 2010, when he lost to Goolsby in the Republican primary. In 2014 he is endorsed by Goolsby as well New Hanover County Representatives Rick Catlin, R-District 20, and Ted Davis Jr., R-District 19.

His predecessor at the ports authority board, former representative Danny McComas, has also endorsed his candidacy.

Lee was appointed to the authority board by N.C. Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger in 2011 and appointed vice chair in 2013. He served as chair of the New Hanover County Board of Adjustment and a member of the City of Wilmington Board of Adjustment.

Lee and Sar will assume their new roles during the regularly scheduled April 24 meeting.

The ports authority board is tasked with oversight of the state’s ports in Wilmington and Morehead City, plus inland terminals in Charlotte and Greensboro. Members should be informed of economic trends in order to sustain the ports’ economic legacy, which includes a contribution of 65,000 jobs and $500 million per year in state and local tax revenues.

 Stay tuned for the full story in the May 1 issue of Lumina News. 


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