Port of Pascagoula

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

The Jackson County Port Authority Board of Commissioners is a nine-member board comprised of appointees by the Jackson County Board of Supervisors and the Governor of the State of Mississippi. Each of the county’s five supervisors assigns a representative to serve on the Jackson County Port Authority Board of Commissioners for a four- year term. The Governor also appoints four members to the board.

Charles M. Persons
President

A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Mr. Persons is Vice President of Stewart Sneed Hewes. He is president of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Foreign Trade Zone; a member of the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation; and past president of Pas-Point Life Underwriters Association. Mr. Persons is serving his seventh term on the Board.

He was appointed by Jackson County Supervisor District 1, Barry Cumbest.

James H. (Jimmy) Colmer
Vice President

Mr. Colmer is a 1986 graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Juris Doctor Degree and is a partner with the law firm of Heidelberg, Steinberger, Colmer & Burrow, P.A. He has served as president, vice-president, and director of the Pascagoula Rotary Club and director of the United Way of Jackson County. Mr. Colmer is a graduate of Leadership Mississippi and has served as a Deacon and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church, Pascagoula. He is serving his sixth term on the Board.

He was appointed by Governor Phil Bryant.

Pamela Lindsey
Secretary

A graduate of the College of Financial Planning in Colorado, the University Of Mississippi School Of Banking, and Cannon Financial Institute’s Wealth Management for Private Bankers and Personal Trust, Mrs. Lindsey is the Area President for Charter Bank. She also holds FINRA securities licenses, diplomas from the American Institute of Banking, as well as a Mississippi Insurance license. Mrs. Lindsey, a Jackson County native, serves on the Executive Board for United Way of Jackson and George Counties and is very active in the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.

Mrs. Lindsey was appointed by Governor Phil Bryant.

Drew Allen

A graduate of MS State University, Mr. Allen is President/CEO of Allen Beverages, Inc. He is a member of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Business Council and serves on numerous Boards including the Peoples Bank, Mississippi Soft Drink Association, the Nourishing Place, and The Word at Work. He is Past President/Executive Committee of the Pine Burr Council of Boy Scouts of America, Board President of the Montessori Elementary School of Ocean Springs and currently serves as Area Command Board Member of the Salvation Army. Mr. Allen is an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Ocean Springs.

He was appointed by Supervisor J. Troy Ross, District 4.

Wallace Easley

Mr. Easley is a self-employed businessman. He serves on Governor Bryant’s Transition Policy Summit – Jobs Committee and is chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee of Emmanuel Baptist Church. He is also development director for the Community Care Network and is a former board member of the Home of Grace. Mr. Easley is serving his fifth term on the Board.

He was appointed by Governor Phil Bryant.

Marisa J. Jackson

A graduate of Mississippi Valley State University and the University of Southern Mississippi, Ms. Jackson has worked in Finance and Accounting at Chevron Pascagoula Refinery for 38 years. She is a Bronze Member of United Way for Jackson and George Counties, a Certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistant/Preparer (IRS VITA Program), and serves as a volunteer for the annual Deborah Washington Memorial Soap Box Derby. Ms. Jackson is also Finance Chairperson for St. Paul United Methodist Church in Moss Point.

She was appointed by Supervisor Melton Harris, District 2.

Benny Lassitter

A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Mr. Lassitter retired from Ingalls Shipbuilding as Vice-President of Operations. He is past president of Moss Point Rotary and was selected “Builder of the Year for 2011” by the Southeast Mississippi Homebuilders Association. Mr. Lassitter is a licensed real estate broker in Alabama and Mississippi. He was elected to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Hall of Fame and selected as 2004 Alumnus of the Year. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Home of Grace. Mr. Lassitter is serving his fourth term on the Board.

He was appointed by Governor Phil Bryant.

Marshall Smith

Mr. Smith is a graduate of Mississippi State University. He is president of Gulf Sales & Supply, Inc., which he opened in 1978. He has served as president, vice president and director of the Pascagoula Rotary Club and is currently Assistant District Governor for the East Coast Territory. He is the chairman of the board of the Bacot-McCarty Foundation and is a member of the advisory board of The First, A National Banking Association. Mr. Smith is serving his second term on the Board.

He was appointed by Jackson County Supervisor District 3, Ken Taylor.

Greg Williams

A graduate of the University of Mississippi, Mr. Williams is a real estate broker with many years in property management. He is active in the national, state and local associations of Realtors, as well as the Mississippi Rural Water Association and the board of directors of the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center. Mr. Williams is serving his second term on the Board.

He was appointed by Jackson County Supervisor District 5, Randy Bosarge.
 

John L. Hunter
Attorney for the Board

Mr. Hunter is a graduate of Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi with a Juris Doctor degree in 1972. He is a graduate of Leadership Jackson County, a partner with Cumbest, Cumbest, Hunter & McCormick, P.A.; and a former Assistant District Attorney for Jackson County. He is a member of the Mississippi Bar, the American Bar Association, Mississippi Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice and the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Mr. Hunter has served as Port Attorney since 1992.

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