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The Port Authority is governed by a nine-member board of directors.

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The Port Authority is governed by a nine-member board of directors, three each appointed from the City of Heath, the City of Newark, and the Licking County Commissioners. The Board meets bi-monthly at the offices of the Port Authority in Heath.

One Board member, Newark-appointee Dr. Bob Klingensmith, has served continuously on the Board since the founding of the Port Authority in 1995.

The Board is a business-oriented Board that has always read like a “Who’s Who” list of community leaders in Licking County. Steve Layman is Chairman and Fred Paul is Vice Chairman/Secretary. Lew Mollica is past chairman.

The current Board members are:

Mr. Steve Layman, Shai Commercial Real Estate Ltd.
Licking County appointee since 1996

Mr. Fred Paul, retired Rockwell and C-TEC
Vice Chairman/Secretary
Heath appointee since 2004

Mr. Dave Baker, retired AFMETCAL
Licking County appointee since 2014

Ms. Marcia Downes,retired The Works
Licking County appointee since 2021

Mr. Frank Flynn, retired Newark AFB
Heath appointee since 2001

Dr. Robert Klingensmith, retired Ohio State-Newark
Newark appointee since 1995

Ms. Kim Lust, retired State Farm Insurance
Newark appointee since 2010

Dr. Sharad Thakkar, Polymer Technologies and Services Inc.
Heath appointee since 2018

Mr. William Wilson, retired Park National Bank
Newark appointee since 2000

Meeting Schedule
The Board meets the second Tuesday of every other month at 3:30 p.m. at the Port Authority offices (851 Irving-Wick Dr., W, Heath, Ohio)

Past Board Members
Past members of the Port Authority Board are:

  Last Updated: February 14, 2022
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