The makeup of the Corner Brook Port Corporation board is undergoing some changes.
George Murphy has vacated the position of board chair. The city lawyer has been named a judge in the trial division of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador. He’ll be sworn in on May 12 and will take the bench in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
With Murphy gone, vice-chairperson Verbon Hewlin has taken on the role of acting chair.
Corporation CEO Jackie Chow said as of yet no date has been set for an election to fill the chair position.
The board consists of seven members — two are nominated by the City of Corner Brook, one by the Corner Brook Board of Trade, one by the provincial government and the other three are appointees of the board.
Murphy was a nominee of the city and at Monday’s council meeting Cillian Sheahan was approved at the city’s new nominee.
“It’s good to have another lawyer,”said Chow of Sheahan. “He brings some valuable expertise to the board.”
Sheahan practices law with Poole Althouse and is the president of the PC Party of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The other city member on the board is Mayor Charles Pender. He sits as a director.
The board also moved to replace one of its own appointments during a meeting late Wednesday afternoon.
Director Sam Rose resigned in April and has been replaced by Sharon McLennon.
Meanwhile, the Corner Brook Port Corporation will hold its annual general meeting on May 21 at 7 p.m. in Suite 201 of the R.A. Pollett Building at 61 Riverside Dr.
The meeting is open to the public and Chow said there will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.