SUMMERSIDE – The City of Summerside has been without representation on the Summerside Port Corporation board of directors for more than two years but that is about to change.
Arnold Croken, corporation president, said Summerside’s Chief Administrative Officer Bob Ashley will be named to the board this month.
Croken said the board will be entering discussions about the development of the waterfront area and the city should be involved.
When the board of directors was formed in 2011, former Summerside CAO Terry Murphy was named to be the city’s representative on the corporation board. When Murphy retired as CAO the following year, he took on a consultant role with the corporation but was not replaced by a city representative.
“The board discussed it at their June meeting and made a decision that we would extend that invitation to the CAO of the city to come on board. The board felt that it would be advisable for us to have senior management from the city at the table as we have those discussions,” he said. “The city had asked if we would consider Bob Ashley.”
Croken said Ashley submitted his resume to the board outlining what he would bring to the table.
“He’ll be coming to our meeting in August,” Croken said. “That’s more because of the business we’re getting into as far as the structure of the corporation is concerned.”
There are no dedicated positions on the board for any specific positions. What was built into the constitution for the long-term interest of the community was that there would be someone on the board to represent the interests of the Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce, the City of Summerside and the Summerside Regional Development Corporation (SRDC).
Croken, as general manager of the SRDC, represents that organization, and the chamber by former general manager, John MacDonald.
No board member has to be with a particular organization. The constitution bylaws suggest that it be someone who represents the interests of that organization. The constitution of the port corporation does not allow for appointed positions. It allows for nominated positions and the board has the power to accept or reject that nomination.
Ashley's acceptance as a director will increase the board to five members.