Gary’s interim airport director resigns
By Michelle L. Quinn Post-Tribune correspondent August 27, 2013 5:13PM
Landry | Sun-Times Media file
Updated: September 29, 2013 6:47AM
GARY — Gary/Chicago International Airport Interim Director Steven L. Landry announced Tuesday he is resigning, effective Sept. 23.
Landry, who joined the airport in January 2007 under former Director Chris Curry, cited personal reasons for his departure, said airport spokesman James Ward III. There were no performance issues or dissatisfaction on either his part or the Airport Authority’s, he said.
“It was a personal decision between his wife and him that this was a good time to depart,” Ward said.
Landry declined to comment.
Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson wished him well as he moves on to new opportunities.
“I certainly appreciate the leadership and knowledge that Steve provided during his tenure (as interim director),” Freeman-Wilson said in a statement.
Outgoing Authority President Nate Williams thanked Landry for his hard work and commitment to staying on and assisting with the transition to the new airport board, which will be seated after Aug. 31. The Rev. Marion Johnson, outgoing vice president, also praised Landry’s efforts.
“Steve is a humble man who gave his all to the job,” Johnson said. “He set an excellent example of teamwork at the airport to inspire and lead a dedicated staff to accomplish great things.”
The airport announced it was seeking to fill the director’s position earlier this year but canceled the search in July, Ward said. Meanwhile, John Clark, principal with JClark Aviation, will oversee the runway expansion and continue to oversee the airport’s public-private partnership efforts, and Bob Gyurko will continue as interim deputy airport director.
A new Airport Authority Board will be appointed soon to keep in line with a new state law, known as the “Gary Bill,” stipulating, in part, that the board be replaced by four members from Gary, one each from Lake and Porter counties and five governor appointees, including the board president.
New appointees will be required to have knowledge of or possess at least five years professional work experience in aviation management at an executive level, regional economic development, or business or finance. They may not have, or be affiliated with, any entity with a contractual or business relationship with the airport authority.