Joe Toomy Rejoins Port NOLA

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

August 23, 2019

Photo: Port of New Orleans

Photo: Port of New Orleans

The former chairman of the Port of New Orleans Board of Commissioners Joe Toomy is rejoining the group.

Gov. John Bel Edwards reappointed Joseph F. Toomy to the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans.

Toomy was sworn in during today’s monthly board meeting and will serve a five-year term succeeding Laney J. Chouest as one of two Jefferson Parish representatives on the seven-member regional board. He previously served on the Board of Commissioners from 2009 to 2014 and served as chairman in 2013.

With the Port’s acquisition of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad effective Feb. 1, 2018, Port Commissioners also serve as directors of the New Orleans Public Belt (NOPB) board, and Toomy will become NOPB’s newest director with this appointment.

“Joseph Toomy is a welcome addition to our Board of Commissioners,” said Brandy D. Christian, Port of New Orleans President and CEO.

“He brings a wealth of knowledge through previous service on the board as well as an incredible track record of public service for the state of Louisiana and Jefferson Parish that will benefit both the Port and Public Belt Railroad. This is a particularly exciting time for the Port and NOPB as we are investing significantly to fortify the region’s economic prosperity and grow our economic impact throughout the state and beyond,” he added.

A veteran lawmaker, Toomy represented Dist. 85 in the Louisiana State Legislature from 1984 until 2008. During his legislative tenure, he served as chairman of the Judiciary Committee from 1992 until 2008 and vice chairman of Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs from 1990 to 1992.

An insurance broker from 2000 until 2016, Toomy also served in several administrative capacities with Delgado Community College beginning in 1981 and most recently served as vice chancellor for administrative affairs from 1992 until 2000. He also recently served as a member of the Algiers Development District Board from 2014 to 2018 and as the chairman of the Gretna Redevelopment Committee from 2017 to 2018.

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