FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2013
Contact: Al Killeffer
Charlotte, NC — Mayor
Patsy Kinsey has appointed three Charlotte residents to serve on the Charlotte
Douglas International Airport Commission. Under the law creating the
Commission, the City of Charlotte is given seven appointments; four by the
Council and three by Mayor Kinsey.
The Mayor’s appointees to the Commission
Aaron McKeithan, Jr., West Side neighborhood leader and
retired technician from the health care industry
Joan Higginbotham, former NASA Astronaut and current
Director of Community Relations at Lowe’s Corporation
Cameron Harris, insurance executive with Cameron M.
Harris and Company, LLC
criteria for selection included areas of expertise critical to the Airport’s
success. The appointees bring a cross-section of experience in aviation,
business, real estate, community engagement, and economic development.
law creating the Commission mandates that appointments be made to it by October
1. However, the Mayor’s action does not signal that the City lends legitimacy
to the legislation which took the airport away from City control, despite 78
years of successful management and growth.
Kinsey’s direction, City Manager Ron Carlee is working to contact all
Commission members to arrange for them to take the oath of office and schedule
the Commission’s first meeting. Under the law creating the Commission, all
members are required to be sworn in and then six are required to call a
meeting, which in turn requires a 48-hour public notice. City staff will be
responsible for arranging the meeting space and any administrative and
logistical support for the Commission. At this time, the Commission’s first
meeting has not been set.
addition to their appointments to the Commission, Kinsey and the Council have
one appointment each to the Commission’s five-member Oversight Committee. Those
appointments are still pending.
the firm belief that the legislation creating the Commission is legally flawed
and would, if implemented, harm the airport, the City filed a lawsuit and
obtained an injunction that stopped the immediate transfer of control. With the
injunction in place, the City continues to operate the airport pending
resolution of legal issues.
more information on the City’s appointments to the Commission, and to learn
more about Charlotte Douglas International Airport, please visit http://airportstudy.charlottenc.gov/