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Incoming Tampa port CEO agrees to three-year contract

TAMPA — The Tampa Port Authority has agreed to terms with the top pick to be the port's next CEO and executive director.

After weeks of negotiating, former Jacksonville Port Authority CEO Paul Anderson agreed to the terms of a three-year contract on Saturday, according to the chairman of the port's governing board, William "Hoe" Brown.

"It was just a matter of getting the writing right," Brown told the Tampa Bay Times on Sunday.

The port board will vote on the contract at Tuesday's meeting. Brown did not disclose details of the contract, but said that his fellow commissioners were reviewing it in anticipation of the vote.

Brown did say the Tampa Port Authority would pay Anderson about what he earned in Jacksonville: $320,000 a year. That's about $70,000 more than his predecessor, Richard Wainio, made when he was Tampa's CEO.

Anderson, 53, had led JaxPort for 22 months when he emerged in November as the top candidate to lead the Port of Tampa.

He brings a mix of private and public maritime experience to the position and a lot of political experience serving in the campaigns of some of Florida's most famous politicians.

Before he took over JaxPort, he worked as a senior fellow on the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. President George W. Bush appointed Anderson to the Federal Maritime Commission in 2003, and he served five years. He also spent time as a lobbyist and served as a special assistant to former U.S. Sen. Paula Hawkins.

He was also a political fundraiser and worked for the GOP campaigns of President Bush, Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Connie Mack III and former Sen. Bob Graham, a Democrat.

Brown did not know if Anderson had formally resigned from the Jacksonville Port Authority over the weekend.

Anderson could not be reached for comment Sunday.

Incoming Tampa port CEO agrees to three-year contract 12/16/12 [Last modified: Sunday, December 16, 2012 9:24pm]

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