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Port Authority Expected to Pick Krauter for Post

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Port Authority Expected to Pick Krauter for Post

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The Jacksonville Port Authority is expected this morning to pick

Canadian port official Kenneth Krauter as its new managing


The selection of Krauter, the outgoing chief executive of Saint

John Port Corp. in New Brunswick, ends a contentious 7 1/2-month

nationwide search for C. Cliff Mendoza's replacement. Mendoza,

who is paid $140,000 a year, turned in his resignation in

November but has agreed to work through the transition.

Leading up to today's vote, the seven-member board was split

over whether to hire an experienced port professional like

Krauter or Jacksonville finance director Mike Weinstein, who has

no transportation experience but knows the local political and

business landscape. The tie-breaking vote between Krauter and

Weinstein is expected to be cast by Chester Aikens.

"I've decided to support Krauter," Aikens said yesterday. "I

feel he would be the right person for the job at this point in

time. He has good communication skills and proven leadership."

Also making the final cut in the selection process was John

Collura, former chief operating office at the New York-New

Jersey Port Authority, but he isn't expected to receive any


The JPA owns and operates two deep-water seaport terminals on

the St. Johns River and three airports, including Jacksonville

International Airport. The authority is seeking financing for a

$560 million port expansion and harbor dredging project, which

port officials say is needed to compete against rival ports

along the South Atlantic coast.

Coincidentally, the South Carolina State Ports Authority

yesterday selected a new president, Bernard S. Groceclose Jr.,

the port's widely regarded strategic planning and development


Krauter, 53, has aviation and maritime experience. As a chief

executive officer, he is credited with turning around the

money-losing port in Saint John and overseeing the rapid

expansion of the Prince Rupert Port Corp. in British Columbia.

Earlier in his career, he was manager of the master plan project

of Vancouver International Airport. …

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