Gov. picks Crevitt for Port board

Published 11:39 pm Friday, December 30, 2011

Martin Crevitt has been appointed by Gov. Haley Barbour to the Warren County Port Commission, the local industry veteran said Friday.

A letter from the governor’s office made the appointment official a week ago, Crevitt said. The governor’s office of communications could not be reached Friday, a state government holiday.

Crevitt, 51, a manager at Goggin Warehousing on U.S. 61 South, is the second appointee to the industrial development management board this month. Robert Morrison III was appointed by the Warren County Board of Supervisors Dec. 19. Crevitt is a former Vicksburg Warren County Chamber of Commerce board member and has managed several hotels in Vicksburg.

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Morrison and Crevitt will cast their first votes when the commission meets Jan. 17. Crevitt said he expects to meet before then with executive director Wayne Mansfield, who, when reached Friday, said Crevitt is “very eager to serve.”

“He’s very familiar with the community,” Mansfield said.

The five-member port board, which oversees and manages development at the Port of Vicksburg and Ceres Research and Industrial Interplex off of Interstate 20 in Flowers, are appointed jointly by Warren County, the City of Vicksburg and the governor. Morrison and chairman Johnny Moss are the county’s appointees. Appointments of the city’s two commissioners, John Ferguson and Rusty Hawkins, have been tabled by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

Crevitt replaces Mike Cappaert, appointed by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove in January 2004 before he left office. Cappaert did not return calls Friday.