Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission Hires Chief Financial Officer

January 17, 2024

Amber Hinton, new Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

KILN, MISS: Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission (HCPHC) is excited to announce the newest member of the HCPHC team Amber Hinton, as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Amber will be responsible for the management and supervision of all financial administration, including budgeting and reporting, supervision of accounting staff, protection of assets including cash and fixed assets, and grant and loan compliance.  

“After an extensive interview process, we are happy to add an experienced public finance professional to our existing finance team. Her experience with budget development, industrial parks, airports, and grants is a perfect fit for Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission and will serve us well over the next decade,” remarked Blaine LaFontaine, Executive Director.  

Amber joins HCPHC with 17 years of experience in governmental accounting and finance from the City of Picayune and the City of Gulfport. Amber holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and has received Certified Municipal Clerk Designation from the Mississippi Municipal Clerks and Collectors Associations along with Master Municipal Clerk Designation from International Institute of Municipal Clerks. Amber will be pursuing her Certified Public Finance Officer certification in the coming years. She lives in Pearl River County with her husband and daughter.  

Amber stated, "I’m excited and grateful to become part of such a progressive organization and team and I am looking forward to contributing to the future of the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission.” 

HCPHC is thrilled to add Amber to the team and looks forward to the incredible work she will do for HCPHC. Welcome to the team Amber! 


The Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission was established in 1963 to lead the county’s economic development activities. Stennis International Airport and Port Bienville Industrial Park are home to 30 companies with more than 1,000 employees. For more information visit www.portairspace.com.