Board of Commissioners
Robert R. Kane
Robert Kane was appointed to the Hancock County Port & Harbor Commission in 1998 by Bay St. Louis. He currently serves as President of the Commission and serves on the Economic Development, Finance & Budget and Insurance Committees.
Robert graduated from Louisiana State University in 1969. He has been a Real Estate Broker & Realtor for 37 years serving as a Property Manager & Developer of commercial and residential Real Estate for John McDonald Realty. He is a present Board Member and former President of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Foreign Trade Zone.
Jon W. Ritten
Commissioner, Vice President
Jon Ritten was appointed to the Hancock County Port & Harbor Commission in 2016 by the District Three Supervisor, Blaine LaFontaine. Jon is originally from Chicago but has called Hancock County home since 1991. He is a graduate of Miami University. Jon is the Broker/Owner of CB Coast Delta Realty. He has specialized in real estate sales and management for over 22 years. He is a past President of the Gulf Coast Association of Realtors as well as President Elect for 2017. He is also past president of the Gulf Coast MLS Board and past president of the Hancock County Community Foundation Board. He is a graduate of Leadership Hancock County and a graduate of the Mississippi Association of Realtors Leadership Program.
Jon and his wife, Julie, live in Diamondhead. They have two daughters: Kendall, who attends college at The University of Mississippi and Laura Grace, who attends Our Lady Academy.
Sherri Carr Bevis
Sherri Carr Bevis was appointed to the Hancock County Port & Harbor Commission in 2013 by Diamondhead Mayor, Thomas Schafer; and currently serves as Secretary for the Commission Board.
Sherri was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, but has spent most of her life on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She graduated from Gulfport High School in 1982 and then attended Mississippi State University where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Communications. After graduating from MSU she worked for the university for two years as an Admissions Counselor and then had the opportunity to move to Washington, DC where she worked for Senator Trent Lott for two years as his Deputy Press Secretary. After working on Capitol Hill, she decided to further her education and attended The George Washington University where she earned a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration.
After living away for many years she decided it was time to come back to Mississippi to raise her family. Sherri enjoyed being a stay at home mother and a very active community volunteer for many years before going back to work. When she returned to the work force she obtained her alternate route teaching license and taught school for five years, three years at East Hancock Elementary School and two at Coast Episcopal School. Then in November 2008, she was hired to help develop the Bay-Waveland Main Street program and served as its Executive Director for two years. In January 2011, she had the privilege to serve as Deputy Campaign Manager for Billy Hewes in his state-wide campaign for Lieutenant Governor. When his campaign ended she made the decision to return to the classroom as a fourth grade teacher at North Bay Elementary School in the Bay-Waveland School District. In July 2013, Sherri had the opportunity to take a new position with the Secretary of State as his South Mississippi Service Coordinator in Gulfport. She manages a variety of special projects for Secretary Hosemann and also serves as a regional coordinator for Voter ID.
Sherri has lived in Diamondhead for the past 20 years. She has two sons, Nolan, a student at Mississippi State University majoring in accounting, and Nicholas,also a student at Mississippi State University majoring in Landscape Architecture. Sherri has always been an active community leader serving as President of the Gulfport Junior Auxiliary, a board member for the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, and she presently serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of South Mississippi. Sherri served as a Go Red Women for the American Heart Association and then chaired the Go Red event in 2011. She is a graduate of the Leadership Hancock County Class of 2007, a graduate of Leadership Gulf Coast Class of 2011, and Leadership Mississippi Class of 2015. She presently serves on the National Board of Directors for the Mississippi State University Alumni Association and is also an active member of the Krewe of Nereids.
Daryl Cornell was appointed to the Hancock County Port & Harbor Commission in 2016 by the District Four Supervisor, Scotty Adam. Daryl currently serves as President & CEO of Triton Systems, located in Long Beach. Daryl began his career as a finance officer in the United States Army. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics/ Computer Science from Florida Institute of Technology and an MBA in Finance from the University of Florida. Daryl and his family live in Bay Saint Louis.
Paula Cuevas Jordan was appointed to the Hancock County Port & Harbor Commission in 2016 by the District Two Supervisor, Greg Shaw. She is a member of the Request for Proposal Selection Committee. She graduated from Hancock High School in 1986 and then attended PRCC before graduating from Mississippi State with a degree in Industrial Engineering and mathematics.
Upon graduation from MSU, Paula married Stanley Jordan and moved to Mariette, GA where she began her engineering career with Harland Check Printers. After returning to Mississippi, she managed a family business for a few years and then enjoyed being a stay at home mom. Currently she is the manager of her husband's chiropractic clinic in Wiggins, MS.
Paula and Stanley have three children, Carson, a student and football player at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College majoring in pre-medical and Landon and Paige, who both attend Hancock High School. Paula is an active volunteer in the school district with both parent organizations and athletic booster clubs. She is also a member of Steep Hollow Baptist Church.
Hancock County native David Malley is the owner of LandMark Contractors LLC, a residential and light commercial general contracting company, Malley’s Store All-Warehouse and RV storage, Malley Enterprises, LLC-Commercial real estate holding company, Malley Rentals, LLC-Residential real estate holding company. He also has partnerships in other Hancock County businesses. Malley’s real estate developments include several commercial and residential developments throughout Hancock County.
He is a licensed general contractor and master electrician, a certified residential real estate appraiser and licenses real estate agent.
Malley serves as a commissioner on the Diamondhead Water and Sewer District, chairman of the Diamondhead Planning and Zoning Committee and is a member of Coast Electric Power Association’s nominating committee for the board of directors.
His professional memberships include the National Association of Home Builders, the National, State and Local Board of Realtors, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Multiple Listing Service and the Hancock Chamber. He is a graduate of Leadership Gulf Coast, a licensed private pilot and holds a PADI Scuba Certification.
Malley served four years active duty in the U.S. Air Force as a nuclear missile systems technician and four years reserves in a Mobile Aerial port squadron. He is a Hancock High graduate and attended Louisiana Tech University and Gulf Coast Community College.
He and his wife, Janene, have three children: Jacob, Dillon, and Victoria. Malley is a member of Jacobs Well Baptist Church.
Christopher “Packer” Ladner
Christopher “Packer” Ladner was appointed to the Hancock County Port & Harbor Commission in 2016 by the District One Supervisor, David Yarborough. Packer is a lifelong resident of Hancock County and is now living in Ansley, Mississippi.
Packer is currently employed with KBR Construction. He served on the Hancock County Planning and Zoning Commission for eight years from January 1995 to 2003. He also served three years as the Hancock County School Board Member of District 1.
Packer holds memberships with the Ansley/Heron Bay Civic Association and the Clermont Harbor Civic Association.
He was very dedicated and involved with the Lakeshore Youth Athletic Club and the Hancock County Little League Girls Fast Pitch.
He has been married to wife Valerie for 30 years and they have three daughters, Cristen, Megan and Bella and five grandchildren: Alexa, Levi, Presley, Alyssa and Miyah. Packer graduated from Hancock North Central High School in 1983.
Bob Swanson was appointed to the Hancock County Port & Harbor Commission in 2016 by Waveland Mayor, Mike Smith. Bob is an active member of the Waveland Civic Association. Bob’s mother and grandparents were from Hancock County, Mississippi, in historic Logtown. He served two years active duty in the U.S. Navy (Submarine Service). He retired from Sears Roebuck & Company after thirty-eight years. He and his wife of forty-seven years, Rhoda, live in Waveland and have three grown daughters, Suzanne, Michelle and Monique.