The Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission recently announced that James Buras has been named Director of Public Works. In his role, he is responsible for a variety of duties to include overall responsibility for facility life cycle planning, permitting, design, engineering and construction, and maintenance of HCPHC assets. He will also manage all Port & Harbor grant programs on a federal, state, and local level.
Buras worked as a Project Manager with Compton Engineering for 8 years. In his role with the engineering firm, Buras performed detailed design work, managed public bids and contracts, and worked closely with local government agencies. Buras also spent time in the National Guard, gaining experience in Department of Defense operations and realistic military training.
Buras is a native of Hancock County, and graduated from Hancock High School. He received a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of South Alabama with an emphasis in Structural Engineering and holds a Civil/Structural Engineering Professional License.
Buras and his wife, Lauren, live in Bay St. Louis and are active members of the community. Buras is involved in The Hancock County Chamber Leadership program as a committee member and is also active in the Waveland Civic Association.
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