The Leavenworth County Port Authority welcomed its newest board members Friday and said goodbye to one of its departing members.
Greg Kaaz and Teresa Commerford attended their first meeting as members of the LCPA's Board of Directors.
"I think it's a great opportunity," Kaaz said after the meeting. "I look forward to serving Leavenworth and trying to help the county grow."
Commerford said she's also excited about serving on the board and helping to bring businesses to the county.
LCPA is a quasi governmental agency that assists in the development of economic opportunities for Leavenworth County.
Kaaz and Commerford were appointed to the board by the Leavenworth County Commission and Leavenworth City Commission to replace outgoing board members Charlie Hill and J.C. Tibbetts.
Hill was in attendance Friday. Terry Andrews, chairman of the board, presented Hill a plaque in recognition of 26 years of service.
Hill, who served as treasurer on the board, later said it's time for new blood on the board.
"They have better and creative ideas," he said.
He said LCPA has accomplished a lot during his time on the board.
"Over the years, we've helped create 1,000 jobs in Leavenworth County," he said.
Andrews said Hill and Tibbetts have added a lot to the LCPA, and the new board members bring a wealth of knowledge.
Kaaz is the president of Leavenworth Excavating & Equipment Company, or Lexeco. He also serves on the Leavenworth Waterworks Board.
Commerford, who lives in the Tonganoxie area, is a senior vice president for National Bank of Kansas City.