Mayor’s choice for interim director at Gary airport falls 1 vote short
By Michelle L. Quinn Post-Tribune correspondent September 20, 2013 10:16PM
B.R. Lane is introduced as the new Chief of Staff during a press conference where Gary Mayor-Elect Karen Freeman-Wilson announced several administration appointments at her headquarters in Gary, Ind. Thursday December 29, 2011. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 22, 2013 6:10AM
GARY — An attempt to install Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson’s chief of staff as interim director at Gary/Chicago International Airport failed at a Friday special meeting with a 3-3 vote.
Freeman-Wilson said Friday there appeared to be a miscommunication as to whether a vote would be taken on B.R. Lane’s appointment at the meeting. Board member Aleshia Pritchett put the vote before the board, and member Shontrai Irving seconded the motion.
Pritchett, Irving and board member Denise Dillard voted for Lane, while board chairman Tom Collins Sr., member James Cooper and new Porter County appointee Tom Cavanaugh voted against her.
Board member Michael Doyne was absent.
Speaking to Lane’s airport experience, Freeman-Wilson likened it to the appointment of Rosemarie Andolino as commissioner of the Chicago Department of Aviation.
“Rosie didn’t have any airport experience, but she did have experience in other areas that made her invaluable,” she said. “B.R. has been involved in the (public-private partnership) process since day one, so she would be an excellent choice.”
Collins declined comment as to his decision to vote against the appointment.
Lane would replace outgoing interim director Steve Landry, whose last day is Monday.
Freeman-Wilson said she expects Lane will be brought before the board again at its Sept. 30 meeting. Airport deputy director Robert Gyurko will oversee operations until a director is appointed.