Sheets voted to Port of Greater Baton Rouge Commission Board

Staff reports

The board of commissioners for the Port of Greater Baton Rouge recently elected officers for 2012. Officers elected include Jerald J. Juneau, East Baton Rouge Parish, president; Timothy W. Hardy, East Baton Rouge Parish, vice president; Blaine Sheets, Ascension Parish, secretary; and Angela Machen, Ph.D., East Baton Rouge Parish, treasurer.

Jerald J. Juneau, retired, the newly elected president, is the former deputy secretary-treasurer for the Teachers Retirement System of Louisiana and a retired U.S. Army Colonel. Governor Bobby Jindal appointed Juneau to the commission in 2008. 

Timothy W. Hardy, vice president, is a practicing attorney and partner in the Roedel, Parsons, Koch, Blache, Balhoff & McCollister Law Firm.  He heads the firm's Environmental Law Practice Group and regularly represents clients in regulatory, litigation and transactional matters. Hardy has served as an assistant attorney general in the Louisiana Department of Justice, assistant secretary for the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, and the director of Public Protection Division within the Louisiana Department of Justice. Mr. Hardy was appointed to the Commission by Governor Jindal in September 2008.

Blaine Sheets, secretary, is the president of Specialized Industrial Maintenance and is a former member of the Board of Commissioners for the Pontchartrain Levee District. Sheets was appointed to the commission by Gov. Jindal in 1998.

Angela Machen Ph.D, treasurer, has been certified in occupational safety and hazardous waste operations and emergency response.  She has worked in environmental management, health research and toxicology at Louisiana State University and Tulane Health Sciences Center.  In 2010, she was the recipient of the William R. Hartley Award for Excellence in Environmental Health Research at Tulane University.  Governor Jindal appointed Ms. Machen to the Commission in 2009.

The port governance body is a 15-member commission appointed by Gov. Jindal.  The Port Commission's responsibilities are to establish policy and provide oversight into the port's development. Port commissioners are selected from the four parishes served by the port.

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