Port Commissioner Lou Smith will not seek a second term as Coronado's representative on the San Diego Unified Port District's Board of Port Commissioners. The City is currently seeking applications to fill the upcoming vacancy—a four-year term starting Jan. 3, 2014.
Smith, who retired from the Navy in 2000 as a two-star admiral, made the announcement at the Oct. 15 Coronado City Council meeting at City Hall.
The appointed port commissioner will represent the Coronado on the San Diego Port Commission, which is responsible for harbor and port improvements, and for use of all of tidelands and submerged lands and islands. The port is governed by a seven member Board of Port Commissioners; one commissioner is appointed by each of the city councils of Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach and National City, and three commissioners by the San Diego City Council.
According to Smith's biography, he completed three tours in Vietnam, worked with the Department of Defense and Congress on military base construction projects and ran the Navy's Public Works Office in Keflavik, Iceland. After retiring, he served as chief administrative officer for San Diego City Schools and as vice president of facilities for Sharp Healthcare in San Diego.
Applications are due by 5 p.m., Nov. 22. For more information on qualifications, special requirements and term, please visit the city's vacancy listing online.