Nichole Hannahs

Port Authority Hires a New Leader

by Nichole Hannahs on March 22, 2010 at 1:05 am

The Zanesville Muskingum County Port Authority names a new executive director at a special meeting Monday morning.

The Port hires Mike Jacoby the current executive director of the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority in Marietta. As a native of Ohio, Jacoby’s worked in various port authorities throughout his career and has worked in Marietta for the last four years.

The husband and father of two says he’s looking forward to starting his new job in Muskingum County, mid-April.

"I think what I’ll do the first three months or so is meet as many stakeholders as I can," said Jacoby. "I’ll asses our strengths and weaknesses and competitive opportunities and then come up with a plan of action after that."

For the port board members making the decision to hire Jacoby came down to experience.

"We’re real excited we need someone to be here everyday," said Board Member Dick McClelland. "We have a lot of things going on at the Port Authority this summer with Eastpointe and the Job Ready Site and we have some people interested in coming there so we need Mike to take this to another level."

Jacoby replaces Jerry Nolder who left the Port to take a job running Bloomer Candy Company in Zanesville.