West Calcasieu Port honors attorney for half century of service

Glen James (left) receives a commemorative plaque from Dick Kennison, West Calcasieu Port board president, in recognition of James’ 50 years of service as the port’s attorney.

SULPHUR, La, May 7, 2019 — Sulphur attorney Glen James was formally honored today by the West Calcasieu Port Board of Commissioners for his 50 years of dedicated service as the port’s attorney.

“When man first walked on the moon in July 1969, Glen James already had notched four months of experience as the West Cal Port’s attorney of record,” said WCP Board President Dick Kennison during special activity during the port board’s regular monthly meeting.

In presenting James with a commemorative plaque, Kennison emphasized that “this was not a retirement ceremony for James, but rather a special moment for the port’s board to express appreciation to James for a half century of service and the start of a second half century of service.”

During the port board’s recognition of James’ continuous service, he also was honored for his devotion to citizens of the State of Louisiana and Calcasieu Parish, in particular.

“It’s been my pleasure to work with many great commissioners who have given their time to the West Calcasieu Port board over the past 50 years,” responded James to the unexpected anniversary salute,  “and to witness first-hand the port’s growth and increased value as the economic development engine that it is today.”

A 1964 graduate of Texas A&M University, James received his law degree from Louisiana State University and was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar in 1969, the same year he began providing legal services to the small fledgling port on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway 12 miles south of Sulphur.

He also served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve for 13 years and served one tour in Vietnam. He is a former city attorney for the City of Sulphur and served on the board of Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles for 11 years. He and his wife, Darlene, reside in Sulphur and have five children, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.