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Royster to leave Baltimore port post

Royster to leave Baltimore port post

F. Brooks Royster III announced that he’s stepping down as executive director of the Maryland Port Administration, which oversees the Port of Baltimore, effective July 31.

   The Sun newspaper of Baltimore reported the announcement Thursday. Royster leaves his post with three years remaining on his contract. However, the newspaper reported that newly elected Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley and his team want to pick their own port director.

   “I’m disappointed I’m leaving, but I’m not mad,” Royster told The Sun. “I wish the governor and the secretary (of transportation) and this port nothing but the best.”

   Former Republican Gov. Bob Ehrlich appointed Royster to the top port post in May 2005. Royster replaced James J. White, who resigned largely over a staffing dispute with the Ehrlich administration.

   Royster is a 35-year veteran of the maritime industry. Prior to his appointment to the Maryland Port Administration, he served three years as chief executive officer of the Port of Miami Terminal Operating Co. His background also includes posts as chief executive officer for the Mississippi State Port Authority and in senior management roles at private sector maritime firms throughout the southern United States.

   Maryland Transportation Secretary John D. Porcari told The Sun he plans to name the state’s next port chief by the time Royster departs. The newspaper said Royster plans to look for work in the region.