Gordon Finch announces retirement from V.I. Port Authority after 17 years

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ST. CROIX - V.I. Port Authority Board Chairman Robert O'Connor Jr. announced during the board's monthly board meeting Wednesday that after 17 years serving the authority, Gordon Finch has given his notice to return to retirement.

A native of St. Croix, Finch previously served the V.I. Port Authority as its director from September 1991 through December 2002. He retired then, but quickly returned to serve as a member of the board until his term expired last month after six years of service.

O'Connor thanked Finch for the work he has put in at the Port Authority.

"His time has been rewarding to all of us because he carries a wealth of experience and knowledge and has been able to enhance the operation of the port and the board," he said. "His interests are deep-seeded in the port, and he has a way of seeing things through and seeing that they are done a certain way."

O'Connor said it will be difficult to find a replacement board member to fill Finch's shoes, but Finch made the decision to move on to do other things in his life and the board thanks him for his many years of service in an official capacity.

Executive Director Carlton Dowe said it has been a pleasure working with Finch, who Dowe said embodies a certain character of always doing things right.

"Sometimes, as I prep with the staff for the meetings, I tell them to think of all the questions Mr. Finch would have and find the answers," he said. "He has really strong feelings about the port and has a knack for consistently sticking on things and seeing projects through and done the right way."

Board members then chimed in one by one expressing their appreciation to Finch for his years of dedication.

Finch thanked the chairman and the board members for the accolades but said he still has more committee meetings to attend before his time is up Jan. 21.

"You have not seen the last of me. There are two more committee meetings, and I plan to be there," he said.

Finch commended the staff of the V.I. Port Authority, saying that he believes they are on the apex of professionalism as it relates to employees anywhere.

However, he also cautioned that most of the current staff are baby boomers who are moving towards retirement.

"There will come a time when we have to replace these baby boomers, and it is my hope that we can replace them and stay at the same or higher standard than we currently have," he said.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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