Longtime town resident Louis Schueler has been appointed harbor master of Southport Harbor, succeeding Patrick L. Carroll, who recently retired.
Schueler was appointed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to a term ending June 20, 2016.
A member of the Harbor Management Commission, Schueler also served as president of Community Sailing of Fairfield for nine years, and is still a member of that group.
A U.S. Air Force veteran, Schueler worked as a pilot for United Airlines for 32 years.
"I am deeply honored to have been appointed to this important role which I sought to follow in the path of (former police) Capt. Patrick Carroll and to continue to maintain the principles set forth in the Harbor Management Plan," Schueler said in a statement. "I look forward to serving our residents and our great town."
The Southport harbor master is a state official, appointed by the governor for a three-year term under state statutes.
"I am pleased the governor has chosen Louis Schueler, who like many, including the Harbor Management Commission, recognizes that Mr. Schueler is extremely capable and well-qualified to assume this key position," First Selectman Michael Tetreau said in the statement. "I thank the governor, the Harbor Management Commission, as well as former Harbor Master Pat Carroll for his 23 years of outstanding service and dedication."
The harbor master serves as an ex-officio member of the Harbor Management Commission and is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of Southport Harbor. It is the responsibility of the harbor master to assist the commission with implementation of the Southport Harbor Management Plan adopted by the Representative Town Meeting and approved by the state.
The Harbor Management Commission pays the part-time official $660 a month plus expenses, such as printing and mailing, and the state makes an annual payment of $750.