Tampa Port Authority approves JaxPort CEO's contract

Paul Anderson to make $350K annually


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Tampa's port authority has made it official -- they want the CEO of the Jacksonville Port Authority to lead its port.

The Tampa Port Authority board approved Paul Anderson's contract Tuesday morning. It takes effect Jan. 7.

Anderson will make $350,000 a year.

"I have accepted Paul Anderson's resignation as JaxPort CEO effective immediately," JaxPort board Chairman James Citrano said in a statement. "We thank Paul for his contributions and his leadership and offer sincere wishes for his continued future success."

The JaxPort board has called a special meeting for 10 a.m. Wednesday to discuss its CEO situation.

According to the Jacksonville Business Journal, Tampa didn't recruit Anderson for the job -- he applied.

In September, the JaxPort board of directors approved a 5 percent pay raise and $50,000 bonus for Anderson, but he asked that the raise be tabled after  some members of the City Council complained about the raise.

The raise would have bumped Anderson's salary from $320,000 to $336,000.

The last CEO at Tampa's port earned $285,000, but its board chairman, William Brown, said the authority was willing to pay more to have Anderson at the helm.