The port's been struggling to win back public confidence and focus on its mission after the departure of CEO Adam Wasserman.
Wasserman "resigned" in November after two years on the job. He received a six-figure buyout.
His grand plan to move the port to a new location at East 55th Street has been sidelined.
The three finalists for the job were Diane Downing, James Weakley and William Friedman.
Downing is the district director for U.S. Sen. George Voinovich. She also was executive assistant to former Cleveland mayor Michael White and played a key role overseeing the construction of the new Browns Stadium.
Downing is also a former vice president of the Cleveland Browns.
Weakley, of Avon, has been president of the Lake Carriers Association since 2002. The group represents ships that transport cargo on the Great Lakes. He's lobbied government agencies in matters involving Great Lakes Shipping.
Friedman is from Indianapolis. He spent 14 years running ports in Indiana and Seattle. He's been a vice president for trust Duke Realty Corporation.
The port's not naming the CEO until Tuesday. It's been under pressure to choose someone with hands-on port experience.
Former National City CEO Peter Raskind has served as the interim Port CEO for a $1 a year salary.