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Ric Campo, chairman and CEO of Camden Property Trust, was appointed chairman for the Port of Houston Authority as city and county officials met for the second time this week to seek a consensus.
The Houston City Council and Harris County Commissioners Court held a joint meeting Monday, but a candidate did not receive enough votes to win the appointment. The meeting was filled with confusion over procedure and arguments over the way votes should be taken.
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Thursday’s meeting lasted just 10 minutes with Campo getting the majority of votes during the first round of voting. If Campo hadn’t been selected, the governor would have gotten involved to select the port’s next chair.
On Thursday, Campo was up against Clyde Fitzgerald, a Port Commissioner and president emeritus of the International Longshoremen’s Association South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District. Some believed Fitzgerald’s maritime experience and ties to the community would better position him to lead the Port Authority. Campo’s fresh perspective and experience handling complex projects ultimately gave him the edge.
“The fact that we’re back here again is a testament to the caliber of the candidates we had,” said Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo.