The Board of Port Commissioners consists of five members, appointed by the City Council for terms of four years each. Resolution No. 14823, passed by voters as Measure "E" on November 6, 2007, specified that sections of the City Charter be amended to reduce the term of office of City Port board members from five (5) years to (4) years. The new terms of office will come into effect for all subsequent appointees. Members must be residents and electors of the city at the time of their appointments and continuously during their incumbencies. Additionally, members must have been a resident and elector of the City for at least 3 years prior to their appointment. Members serve without compensation and cannot hold any other public office or position in the City while serving as members of the Commission.
The duties and responsibilities of the Board of Port Commissioners are prescribed in Section 47 through 50a of the City Charter.
Port Commissioners are assigned exclusive control and management of the Port, including the right to adopt and enforce such ordinances, orders, regulations and practices for proper administration as necessary for the management and government of the Port and its facilities.
The Port Commissioners are responsible for:
- Supervision and control of the Port area, waterfront properties and adjacent lands and Redwood City Marina;
- Provision for the needs of commerce, shipping and navigation at the Port;
- Development, construction, re-construction, alteration, repairs, maintenance, equipping and operating all waterfront properties.
- Regulation and control of all public service and public utilities operated in connection with the Port;
- Fixing of all rates, dockage, rental, tolls, wharfage and related charges for the use and occupation of the public facilities and services of the Port, and providing for collection thereof.
The Charter also fixes responsibility upon the Port Commissioners to prepare an annual budget, levy tax funds with approval of the City Council, and authorize bond indebtedness for Port purposes.
The Board of Port Commissioners meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month and may meet in additional special sessions.