Norfolk – Virginia Port Authority Board of Commissioners has approved a contract extension for the agency's top executive that guarantees continuity of leadership for the VPA up through 2017.
At its regularly scheduled meeting held Jan. 25, the board voted to extent the employment contract of Jerry A. Bridges for six years. The vote in favor of a contract extension was unanimous; the contract is effective Feb. 5.
"I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue to guide this organization," Bridges said. "Given the potential here, this is where I want to be. I'm committed -- there is so much opportunity, so many possibilities within this harbor. The future of this port is bright I firmly believe it and that is why I'm committed.
"We got the right guy," said John G. Milliken, the board's chairman. "We're absolutely delighted to have Jerry for six more years. In his four years at the Virginia Port Authority, (Bridges) has led this authority to a new level of excellence."
Bridges has had a busy tenure at the VPA. He came to the agency in February 2007 from the Port of Oakland and in that time he has: guided VPA through it a reorganization of its staff; helped to evaluate three proposals that sought to privatize operations at VPA terminals; seen the opening of the Heartland Corridor double-stack rail corridor; overseen the lease of APM Terminals, the VPA's primary competitor in the Hampton Roads Harbor; guided the port through the international recession; and shepherded through the start of construction on the eastward expansion of Craney Island.
"Last year was busy and that is behind us. Now it is time to focus on leveraging our assets and building our book of business," Bridges said.