Virginia ports chief steps down

Virginia ports chief steps down

The Virginia Port Authority on Tuesday announced the retirement of Robert R. Merhige, III, the agency's deputy executive director, effective Oct. 1.

"Bob has been a valuable member of the port's leadership team and has worked tirelessly to implement numerous new port security measures, especially since September 11, 2001," VPA Chairman John Milliken said in a statement. "Today the Virginia Port Authority is a well known leader in innovative port security and we sincerely thank Bob for his extensive efforts and expertise which have been recognized nationally and internationally."

Merhige, who also served as general counsel and director of the port police, joined the VPA in 1989 from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, where he was associate general counsel. He is a former Virginia Assistant Attorney General, and was a police officer in Richmond for 12 years, ending his career with the City of Richmond as a lieutenant in charge of the tactical unit. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the International Practice Section of the Virginia State Bar.

The VPA said it will begin an immediate search for a deputy director.