A container ship is loaded at the Port of Los Angeles. Photo by John Schreiber.
A container ship is loaded at the Port of Los Angeles. Photo by John Schreiber.

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday that one of his deputy mayors will move to a high-ranking position at the Port of Los Angeles.

Doane Liu, who oversees city services, will work under Port Executive Director Gene Seroka as chief of staff and deputy executive director, starting Feb. 1.

Garcetti praised Liu as “one of L.A.’s most seasoned and innovative executives” and said he wants the “right team” to ensure the port “retains its number-one position and grows as a powerhouse of international trade.”

Seroka said Liu’s qualifications, which include close personal ties to the San Pedro area, “will be invaluable as we work to boost trade, enhance the waterfront and green our operations.”

“He is the cornerstone of a major reorganization intended to make sure Mayor Garcetti’s vision for America’s port moves forward full-steam ahead,” Seroka said.

A search is underway to replace Liu in Garcetti’s office.

As deputy mayor, Liu was responsible for city departments that handle water and electricity services, public works, transportation, parks and recreation, the libraries, the city zoo, animal services and other city services.

Prior to joining Garcetti’s mayoral administration in 2013, Liu was chief of staff for harbor area City Council members Joe Buscaino and Janice Hahn.

He was also a deputy mayor under former Mayor James K. Hahn.

Liu, who has an MBA from USC and a degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, has also served in executive positions at JP Morgan Chase and Security Pacific National Bank.

Garcetti also announced other port leadership appointments, including Marla Bleavins as chief financial officer; Ron Boyd as the chief of Port Police and Emergency Management; Mike DiBernardo in a marketing and customer relations post; and Tony Gioiello to head up development.

City News Service

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