TAMPA The Tampa Port Authority board agreed Tuesday to offer the vacant port director job to A. Paul Anderson, chief executive of the Jacksonville Port Authority.
The board assigned Tampa Port Authority Chairman William "Hoe" Brown and a representative of GrayRobinson's Tampa law office to begin negotiating a salary and benefits with Anderson, who was not present at the authority's meeting Tuesday.
Brown expects the process will be completed in time for the port authority board to confirm Anderson at its December meeting and have him begin work in January.
But the salary must be negotiated first, and Anderson is paid $320,000 in Jacksonville. The salary paid to former Tampa Port Director Richard Wainio was $251,000.
Brown said he had not reviewed the salary matrix to be used in discussions with Anderson, but said he would agree to pay more than Wainio's salary if it meant getting the right person.
"We should at least match the salary," Brown said. "We got the best of the best."
Anderson could not be reached for comment.
"It's been well publicized that JAXPORT CEO Paul Anderson is on deck to fulfill the same role at the Tampa Port Authority in the next few months," James P. Citrano, chairman of the Jacksonville Port Authority, said in a statement on the authority's website. "I will be asking Paul to stay on with us for a period of time."
The discussion to offer Anderson, 53, the job took about a minute at the port board's meeting Tuesday afternoon.