Former Governor Bill Sheffield announced his resignation as director of the Port of Anchorage Wednesday night, CBS 11 has learned. Check back to ktva.com and our 5, 6 and 10 newscasts for further information as it comes in.
UPDATE: This is just in from the Port of Anchorage.
In a letter to Mayor Sullivan, Port Director Bill Sheffield announced his plans to retire from his position effective January 15, 2012.
“My service over the last decade at the Port of Anchorage, Alaska’s Port, represents some of the best years of my life” stated Sheffield. “It has been an honor to continue my commitment to the Municipality, the State and to Alaskans. Serving Alaskans in multiple capacities over the past 30 years has been one of the highest honors of my life.”
“When I arrived at the Port in 2001, we recognized the necessity of modernization and continually worked to develop that objective through the Intermodal Expansion Project. The project has faced challenges but we have worked hard over the last two years to get the management and construction back on the correct course.
I am confident that I leave the port a more profitable, vibrant, and thriving facility. It is the lifeline for nearly all of Alaska. It is our lifeline for today and the key to economic growth for tomorrow.”
“I hope to enjoy more time with my dear friends while investing in the philanthropies and non-profits that mean so much to me.”
Mayor Sullivan stated, “I join Alaskans from all over the state thanking Governor Sheffield for his many years of public service. His passion for the Port of Anchorage is unmatched and his recognition and vision that we must plan for the decades ahead by improving this critical facility is solid. He is a true gentleman and has been a great part of our team.”