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Jim Carter to Lead Port of Portland Commission

by Suzanne Stevens
Portland Business Journal, June 13, 2012

Jim Carter has been appointed president of the Port of Portland Commission. Gov. John Kitzhaber on Wednesday promoted Jim Carter to the top job at the Port of Portland Commission.

"The Port of Portland is an essential part of Oregon's economy and identity, and I'm confident Jim will continue the tradition of steady and reliable leadership to ensure the Port's marine terminals and airports meet the needs of Oregonians," said Kitzhaber in a statement.

Carter has been a commissioner since 2009. He replaces Judi Johansen as president. Johansen has been a member of the board since 2003 and president since 2007. She will preside over her final meeting on June 22.

Carter previously was general counsel at Nike and a managing shareholder at the law firm Schulte, Anderson.

That legal pedigree will likely come in handy as the port navigates some thorny labor issues. Last Friday, the port filed a complaint with federal labor authorities over a union dispute that is causing significant and costly delays for area shippers and truckers.

The disruptions stem from efforts by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 8, to takeover work maintaining refrigerated shipping containers at the port. That work is currently handled by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Port of Portland commissioners are unpaid volunteers who are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. They serve four-year terms.

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Suzanne Stevens
Jim Carter to Lead Port of Portland Commission
Portland Business Journal, June 13, 2012

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