Semo Port


Board of Commissioners

The Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority (Semo Port) is governed by a nine-member Board of Commissioners. Four members are appointed to staggered four-year terms by Cape Girardeau County, four members are appointed to staggered four-year terms by Scott County, and a ninth member (whose appointment alternates between the two counties) serves a two-year term.

The officers of the Board are elected by the Board of Commissioners. The positions include Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer, and Secretary. Members of the Board also serve on various committees: construction, finance, maintenance, marketing, and planning.

Membership as of March 1, 2021:

Name Title Term Expires
Larry Dowdy Chairman 12-31-2021
Wilfred Bucher Vice Chairman 12-31-2023
Steve Obermann Treasurer 12-31-2022
Jerry Laseter Secretary  12-31-2024
Rice P. “Pete” Burns Commissioner 12-31-2021
Kent Puchbauer Commissioner 12-31-2024
Lloyd Smith Commissioner 12-31-2022
Bruce Marrs Commissioner 12-31-2023
Phil Penzel Commissioner 12-31-2021