FIRST ON 3: Eagar out as port chief


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tom Eagar is out as executive director of NC Ports. The announcement became public in a letter from NC Secretary of Transportation Gene Conti to business associates of the port.

“I would like to inform you that effective today, Monday, January 9th, Tom Eagar will no longer be the executive director of the NC Ports,” Conti wrote. “This change is part of a larger strategic logistical reorganization that is taking place within the Department of Transportation and the entities that operate within the NCDOT reporting structure.”

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Conti said in the short term, NC Port Chief Financial Officer Jeff Strader will manage day-to-day functions of NC Ports’ business.

“As valued clients and partners, I want to reassure you that there will be no changes in the level of service we intend to provide to you. The rest of the NC Ports’ management team remains in place and will continue to work closely with you,” Conti wrote in his letter. “It is my intention to continue to find synergies across NCDOT, NC Ports and Global TransPark over the coming months as we receive the results of the NC Maritime Strategy and continue to work closely with the NC Logistics Task Force and the Logistics Coordinating Council created by Governor Perdue last year.”

Conti said in the coming months he will start a national search for a “Statewide Logistics Director who will help lead North Carolina boldly into the 21st century and help direct our implementation of a greater, bolder vision for connecting people and moving goods across this great state and improve our ability to compete in the global economy.”

Eagar joined the Ports Authority in 2000 as deputy executive director for operations. He was promoted to Chief Operations Officer in July 2003 and appointed CEO in August 2004.

Eagar, who lives in Wilmington, has not returned our call.