The Alabama State Port Authority board of directors has voted unanimously to return James K. Lyons as director and CEO of the Alabama Port Authority.
After a temporary leave of absence, Lyons returned to work on Sept. 14.
“I am really gratified by the full board’s support of my request for leave and my management team’s stewardship of the port during my temporary leave of absence,” Lyons said in a port authority press release. “I am really looking forward to getting back in the saddle.”
On Aug. 10, the Port Authority’s board granted a temporary leave of absence for Lyons, and appointed H.S. “Smitty” Thorne acting director. Tim Parker, chairman of the board, and the board members were also unanimous in their praise of Lyons’ team during the director’s brief hiatus.