The Chairman of the Port Commission is appointed in a joint session of the Harris County Commissioners Court and the Houston City Council, when these two governmental bodies uniquely meet to act together on this important matter. These two governmental entities also separately act to each appoint two members of the Port Commission.
The Harris County Mayors’ and Councils Association and the City of Pasadena each appoint one commissioner. The Harris County Mayors’ and Councils Association is an organization representing 26 cities in Harris County, and Pasadena is the largest city in Harris County barring Houston.
Texas state legislation enacted in 1923 tasked the members of the Port of Houston Authority’s Port Commission to provide oversight of the Houston Pilots. Chapter 66 of the Texas Transportation Code provides that the Houston Port Commissioners serve as the Board of Pilot Commissioners for Harris County Ports, with exclusive jurisdiction over the Houston Pilots, as they undertake the piloting of vessels in Harris County port facilities. You can learn more about Board of Pilot Commissioners here.
Port Commissioners may be contacted through the Port of Houston Authority:
Via email: PortCommission@poha.com
c/o Port of Houston Authority
P.O. Box 2562
Houston, Texas 77252-2562
111 East Loop North
Houston, Texas USA 77029
P.O. Box 2562
Houston, Texas USA 77252-2562