DeJesus, who was selected after a months-long national search that began earlier this year, will take the reins from current director Richard Aschieris, who is retiring from the post he’s held since 2000.
“Director Aschieris will be greatly missed and we wish him well in his retirement,” Port Commission Chairman Allen said. “Port Director DeJesus has some big shoes to fill but we are confident and excited with our selection and look forward to working together to see our vision for the Port of Stockton become a reality.”
DeJesus brings nearly two decades of maritime industry experience to the port, strong background in business and has working relationships with supply chain stakeholders and government agencies, according to Stockton officials.
At DeJesus Consulting, LLC, he has helped clients on work that involved bringing “renewable fuel to West Coast terminal operators and new tenants and commodity opportunities to several West Coast ports.”
“Kirk’s understanding of maritime operations, coupled with his deep industry relationships is what set him apart from other sound and viable candidates,” Allen said. “We have just kicked off our strategic planning process and the time is right for a new port director to step in and help be a part of creating our roadmap for the future.”
Aschieris’ retirement becomes effective in spring 2022; DeJesus will begin immediately, according to the port.