JAXPORT names new leaders in Public Safety and Procurement

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Oct 11, 2021 | Press Releases

JAXPORT announced today the addition of two experienced area executives to the port’s management team.

Retired Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) Director Derrick Lewis joins JAXPORT as Director of Public Safety and Security. Director Lewis directs all physical security, safety, and emergency management and preparedness services in support of tens of thousands of port workers, tenants, customers, and guests. He is also responsible for ensuring the enforcement of seaport security initiatives in compliance with all federal, state, and local laws.

Director Lewis is a 25-year law enforcement veteran who most recently served JSO as Director of Police Services. Prior to that, he served JSO in roles of increasing responsibility within the agency’s Patrol and Enforcement, Homeland Security and Investigations, and Police Services departments.

Experienced maritime purchasing professional Lisa Gee joins JAXPORT as Director of Procurement Services. Gee oversees the port’s purchasing program, keeping JAXPORT operations efficient and cost-effective while ensuring that individuals and businesses remain connected with contract opportunities at the port. She also oversees JAXPORT’s Small and Emerging Business (SEB) program, promoting the inclusion of small businesses in capital and procurement contracts.

Gee has 15 years of experience in maritime purchasing, operations, and management. She most recently served as Director of Fleet Services for TOTE Services, overseeing the organization’s corporate purchasing, supply chain services, and vessel crewing responsibilities through the Seafarers International Union (SIU) and American Maritime Officers (AMO) union.

“I am thrilled to welcome these two experienced local leaders to the JAXPORT team,” said JAXPORT CEO Eric Green. “The unique backgrounds and experiences Lisa and Derrick bring will benefit us as we work to grow our port and the positive impact we have on our community while upholding the highest standards for safety and fiscal responsibility.”

JAXPORT is Florida’s largest container port and one of the nation’s top vehicle-handling ports. Cargo activity through Jacksonville’s seaport generates 138,500 jobs and more than $31 billion in annual economic output for the region and state.

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