Two longstanding members of the Leavenworth County Port Authority are stepping down, according to the Leavenworth County Administrator.
Pat Hurley informed the members of the Leavenworth County Commission of the impending departure of J.C. Tibbetts and Charlie Hill during the commission's Thursday meeting.
Both Hill and Tibbetts have served on the five-member board of the LCPA, which as a companion to the Leavenworth County Development Corporation's marketing efforts works to offer financial incentives or build brick and mortar “spec buildings” to lure potential businesses to the county, for more than a decade. Tibbetts was the last new member appointed to the board 13 years ago, according to LCDC Executive Director Steve Jack. Other members have been serving closer to 30 years.
Hill and Tibbetts have agreed to remain on the board until their replacements are named. Hurley said the LCPA had submitted a list of potential successors.
“Their recommendations are Greg Kaaz to succeed one and Ann Hoins to succeed the other,” he said.
Kaaz is currently the president of Lexeco Inc., while Hoins is a co-owner of Young Sign Company.
Commission Chairman Bob Holland asked if any other candidates would be eligible.
“There is someone else that would like to be considered,” he said.
Hurley said he had also received a phone call from someone interested in the positions ― John Flower, the former Leavenworth County commissioner.
Jack said in an interview that the state statute governing port authorities indicates members of the board are to be appointed jointly by the city and county that chartered the organization. In practice, he said the Leavenworth City Commission has usually reviewed the appointees and passed them on to the Leavenworth County Commission, which funds the Port Authority, for final approval.
Commissioner Dennis Bixby said he thought the process should be opened up more.
“It is a public board, the public is allowed to attend. If there's other people out there that would like to serve, I think we need to give them a chance,” he said. “Whether or not they're qualified is another issue.”