Port of Coos Bay CEO Stepping Down

John Burns. Photo: Oregon International Port of Coos Bay.

Oregon International Port of Coos Bay Chief Executive Officer John Burns is expected to step down after nearly a decade in the leadership role, the port’s Board of Commissioners announced earlier this month.

Burns’ last day at the port is yet to be determined as the port begins the process of creating a transition plan, the port said.

Under his tenure, Burns, who started at the port in 2015, led the agency during a channel modification project and the ongoing modernization and expansion of the Coos Bay Rail Line.

He also served as president of the Oregon Public Ports Association, as a commissioner on the South Slough Reserve management commission, an officer on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Rail Users’ League and as a CCD board member.

“The Board of Commissioners continues to express its gratitude to John and wish him fair winds and following seas as he leaves on his next adventure,” the port released.

By Karen Robes Meeks