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City Council makes appointments to Airport Commission

Monday, September 23, 2013

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The Charlotte City Council has appointed four local residents to serve on the Charlotte Douglas International Airport Commission. Under the law creating the Airport Commission, the City of Charlotte is given seven appointments; four by the Council and three by Mayor Kinsey.
The Council’s appointees to the Commission:
  • Pamela Bennett, of Bank of America and a current member of the Airport Advisory Committee
  • Anthony Fox, a Partner and attorney at Parker Poe and resident of the West Side
  • Robert Stolz, former Chairman of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce and CEO of the Wurth Group North America, a business located near the airport
  • Pamela Syfert, former Charlotte City Manager
Council’s criteria for selection included areas of expertise critical to the Airport’s success. The appointees bring a cross-section of experience in municipal government, the law, business, economic development and operations at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
In remarks before Council, City Attorney Bob Hagemann explained that the law mandates that appointments be made to the Commission by October 1. However the Council 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.
Mayor Kinsey will make her appointments to the Commission by October 1. Mecklenburg County’s appointment is also pending. At the September 23 meeting, the Mayor asked that the Commission wait until all members are appointed before the first meeting is scheduled. She also directed City Manager Ron Carlee to contact all 13 members, once they’ve been appointed, to arrange for them to take the oath of office. City staff will be responsible for arranging the meeting space and any administrative and logistical support for the Commission.
In addition to their appointments to the Commission, the Council and Mayor have one appointment each to the Commission’s five-member Oversight Committee. Those appointments are still pending.
With the firm belief that the legislation creating the Airport 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 and related FAA regulatory questions.
For more information on the City’s appointments to the Airport Commission, and to learn more about Charlotte Douglas International Airport, visit