Robert Valderrama installed as chair of Port of San Diego’s Board of Port Commissioners

The Port of San Diego’s Board of Port Commissioners held its annual reorganization event Jan. 10 and installed Commissioner Robert “Dukie” Valderrama as the commission’s newest chairperson. Valderrama succeeds outgoing chairperson Marshall Merrifield, who completed his one-year term ahead of the installation.

Commissioner Rafael Castellanos assumed his new role as vice-chair, while Commissioner Garry J. Bonelli was installed as secretary.

The Jan. 10 installation ceremony was held at the Marriott Marquis and Marina in Downtown San Diego.

Commissioners resumed their first board meeting of the year shortly after the installation ceremony.

The commission will continue making policy decisions on key issues affecting the port district, such as waterfront development, aquaculture and commercial activity.

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