Juan Kuryla, the top choice to become the next CEO of the Jacksonville Port Authority, has withdrawn as a candidate, and the port authority has reopened its search to fill the post.
The port authority board offered the job to Kuryla on April 22 and opened negotiations with the deputy port director of the Port of Miami.
The board did not say why Kuryla withdrew, but the Jacksonville Business Journal quoted Alan Fromowitz of the Heidrick & Struggles search firm as saying there was an outpouring of support for Kuryla to stay in Miami.
Last week, Miami’s current port director, Bill Johnson, said he was considering leaving the port and wanted a replacement lined up should he leave.
Before offering the job to Kuryla, the board trimmed its list of finalists to three — Kuryla; Roy Schleicher, interim CEO at Jaxport; and Michael Moore, former CEO at Global Container Terminals.