Geraldine Knatz, the executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, will retire at the end of the year, according to press accounts.
“After 42 years of dedicated service to the maritime industry here in San Pedro Bay, I have decided to retire as executive director of the Port of Los Angeles and pursue other interests,” she said a statement printed in the Long Beach Press-Telegram.
“In a commitment to a smooth transition, I plan to remain in my position through the end of the year and support the mayor and the port in any way that I can. I am proud of the many accomplishments that our team made at the Port of Los Angeles during my tenure.”
The Los Angeles Times
said Gary Lee Moore, currently the city engineer, will serve as acting general manager at the harbor until a permanent replacement is found.
quoted a statement from L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti in which he said “I thank Dr. Knatz for her service to Los Angeles. My agenda for the port is focused on maximizing its economic impact and minimizing its environmental impact to build stronger neighborhoods in the harbor area and across Los Angeles.”
Knatz, 61, was hired by Garcetti's predecessor, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The newspaper reported Garcetti, who took office on July 1, is reviewing high-level managers in the city.
said earlier this week port officials announced the resignation of John Holmes, the harbor department's deputy executive director of operations.