This week in 2013, Mayor Ashton Hayward appointed Amy Miller as the director of the Port of Pensacola, the first female to hold that position and the the only female Port Director in the state of Florida and in the U.S. Gulf Coast region at the time.
“Amy’s 11-year dedication to the Port of Pensacola makes her eminently qualified for this position,” said Mayor Hayward, in the press release. “I am thrilled to announce Ms. Miller as the new Port Director and I look forward to her leadership and our Port’s growing future.”
Miller was hired in 2002 as the Port of Pensacola’s Manager of Business & Trade Development. In 2006, her duties were expanded to include oversight of the port’s budgeting, finance and human resources activities.
In 2013, she replaced Clyde Mathis, who had served as the port director for seven years. Mathis is now the Senior Director of Operations at Port Canaveral.
When Miller became port director, Mayor Hayward moved his economic sustainability director, Clark Merritt, to the port with the job title “Economic Development Manager.”
In Mathis’ last year on the job, the total actual revenue for wharfage, storage, dockage and property rental was $2.2 million. For the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2017, the revenue for the port’s main revenue streams was only $1.1 million.
Neither Miller or Merritt have had a job performance evaluation since they were promoted, according to city records.
This doesn’t appear to unusual. The heads of finance, planning and HR have also not been evaluated.