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New chairman at Port of New Orleans board

New chairman at Port of New Orleans board

   The Port of New Orleans Board of Commissioners elected J. Wayne Mumphrey as chairman last Wednesday.

   Mumphrey succeeds John Fay, whose term as chairman expired. Fay will continue to serve as a commissioner. The board also elected commissioners Valerie Cahill as vice chair, and Joe Toomy as secretary-treasurer.

   Mumphrey is a lawyer by trade who also has insurance and construction business ties.

   The board's commissioners serve five-year staggered terms and every nine months elect new officers. The unsalaried commissioners are appointed by the governor of Louisiana from a list of three nominees submitted by local civic, labor, education and maritime groups. The board reflects the three-parish jurisdiction, with four members from Orleans Parish, two from Jefferson Parish and one from St. Bernard Parish.