Southwest Daily News Wed Apr 15, 2009, 05:10 AM CDT
Sulphur, La. Sulphur-resident Joseph R. “Dick” Kennison has been appointed to the West Calcasieu Port five person
board of commissioners by the Sulphur Mayor Ron LeLeux effective May 1, 2009.
Kennison’s appointment was unanimously approved by the Sulphur City Council at its regular meeting on April 13.
Kennison will complete the unexpired term on the port’s board currently held by WCP Board President Larry
Mashburn. The unfilled term extends until 2010. Mashburn has offered his resignation effective April 30, 2009.
WCP Board Vice President Brent Clement will serve as interim president of the port’s board of commissioners until
board officer elections are held in October 2009.
Kennison, 63, is a 40year veteran of the forestry and lumber industry. He currently serves as Chairman & Chief
Executive Officer for Sulphur-based Kennison Forest Products, Inc., a position he has held since 1997. Prior to that,
he was president of Kenfor Division of Elder Forest Products in Sulphur for 18 years.
Kennison’s extensive community service includes six years on the Sulphur City Council (serving twice as council
chairman), West Calcasieu Association of Commerce member (president in 2003), Chairman of the Chamber
Southwest Board of Directors in 2008, Rotary Club of Sulphur, Maplewood Hollywood Lions Club, Knights of
Columbus Council, Care Help Inc. of Sulphur, Sulphur Industrial Development Board, West Cal Cam Hospital
Finance Committee and IRB Board for the Lake Charles Memorial Hospital.
Kennison has been named the City of Sulphur’s Volunteer of the Year (2005), the Outstanding Service Award by the
Habitat for Humanity (2002), the WCAC Citizen of the Year (2002) and the YMBC President’s Award (1980).