The appointment of Col. Kennedy as Port Commissioner was listed as an item to be discussed in executive session, but Commissioners decided no further discussion was needed and approval was unanimous.
Kennedy, the former city manager for Nassau Bay, says he's eager to start his new assignment.
"My first priority getting in there is just getting my feet on the ground and getting the lay of the land. I don't have any agenda, like I said, to make any changes anywhere. I'm one of a number of commissioners there and I need to get to know them and understand the priorities of the port altogether."
The Port of Houston handles about 70 percent of all the containerized cargo in the Gulf of Mexico.
Kennedy says he hopes he can contribute to expanding the port's viability.
"The port is a huge engine for our community, as we all know, and I look forward to participating in making it even better."
The Port Commission is made up of seven members, appointed by various governmental entities, including the City of Houston and Harris County.
County Judge Ed Emmett says Kennedy's professional background will be a plus for the port.
"His background in logistics, his military background, and because a lot of the aspects of the port is a relationship with the surrounding communities, and I think a lot to it in that regard."
Last June, Harris County Commissioner Jack Morman nominated Kennedy to replace Jim Fonteno on the Port Commission, but Fonteno was narrowly reappointed.
Instead, Kennedy will fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Elyse Lanier, wife of former Houston Mayor Bob Lanier.