BEAUMONT, TX (May 21, 2018) —On May 21, 2018, Commissioner Lee Smith was appointed president of the Port of Beaumont Board of Commissioners. Commissioner Smith, who served as vice president from 2013-2018, is the first African American to serve as Board president.
Commissioner Lee Smith is active in community affairs, serving as vice president of the Beaumont Metropolitan YMCA Board of Directors, president of the North End Neighborhood Association, service officer of the Dorie E. Miller Post 817 of the American Legion, vice president of the 11th Street Bingo Board of Directors, member of the NAACP, board member of Beaumont Main Street, trustee of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church and member of the Charlton-Pollard Alumni Association. Smith has served on the Port of Beaumont Board of Commissioners of the Port of Beaumont since 2002.
“Commissioner Smith has served on the Port of Beaumont Board of Commissioners for more than sixteen years and he has been an exceptional asset to the group,” says Port Director Chris Fisher, “He is a valued member of our community and he always acts in the best interest of the Port and his constituents. We are very pleased he will be serving as Board president and know he will do a wonderful job.”
In April 2018, Commissioner C.A. “Pete” Shelton announced plans to step down as Board president, a position he has held since 2001. The announcement was made to facilitate the transition of Board officers during the remainder of Commissioner Shelton’s term, which will expire May 2019. After completing 30 years of service on the Board, Commissioner Shelton announced he will not run for re-election.
Commissioner Pete Shelton, who served as Beaumont’s fire chief for 20 years, was first appointed to the Port of Beaumont Board of Commissioners in 1989 as one of two at-large commissioners. A Beaumont native, Shelton joined the fire department in 1950. He was fire chief from 1976 until he retired in 1996, and served as Interim City Manager and Emergency Management Coordinator for the city.
Shelton also served as president of the Sabine-Neches Chiefs Association and the Texas Fire Chiefs Association, and has been active in numerous civic organizations including the American Red Cross, Boy’s Haven, United Way and Beaumont Main Street.
“There is no way to quantify the tremendous value Commissioner Shelton has provided to the Board as president over the last 17 years,” says Port Director Chris Fisher, “he is one of the greatest leaders our community has known and we are grateful to have had him serve as president. He has been a key link in the tremendous strides the Port has made over the last three decades.”
The Port of Beaumont Board of Commissioners appointed Commissioner Lee Smith, president; Commissioner Pat Anderson, vice president; and Commissioner Georgine Guillory, Secretary-Treasurer. The aforementioned terms shall run until the May 2019 commissioner election. 
About the Port of Beaumont
The Port of Beaumont is a deep-water port located in Beaumont, Texas, that specializes in heavy lift, project, dry bulk, liquid bulk, break bulk, and roll-on roll-off cargoes. The Port is responsible for more than 12,608 jobs in the region and approximately $1.8 billion in economic output annually. The Port of Beaumont handled more than three million tons of aggregate, grain, steel, forest products, military cargo and liquid bulk in 2015. The Port of Beaumont Channel (public and private terminals) ranks 5th in the nation in terms of tonnage and 3 rd in the nation in terms of growth, according to Forbes . For additional information, visit