Airport Names Interim Director

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The chief of staff for the mayor of Gary has been named interim director of the Gary/Chicago International Airport. B.R. Lane says she plans to keep key projects such as the multi-million dollar runway expansion moving forward. City Attorney Richard Leverett will serve as acting chief of staff for the mayor. September 30, 2013

News Release

GARY, Ind. - Earlier today, the Gary/Chicago International Airport Board unanimously approved the appointment of BR Lane as Interim Director. Lane most recently served as Chief of Staff to Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and will assume her new role effective tomorrow. She submitted the following statement regarding her appointment:

"I am both humbled and honored to accept this appointment and recognize the magnitude and importance of the duties that I have inherited. I thank the Board and the Mayor for having the vision and confidence in me to lead an entity, which I know will have a tremendous impact on this region’s growth and economic development. Just as in my role as Chief of Staff, I am here to serve. I will represent the best interests of the citizens of Gary, NWI, the State of Indiana and all other stakeholders of the airport. I look forward to working with the board and staff to ensure that projects such as the P3 exploration and runway expansion move forward until a permanent director is identified."

Mayor Freeman-Wilson also weighed in on today’s vote.

“I commend and thank the board for selecting Ms. Lane as Interim Director. As I previously stated, I have full confidence in her ability to perform all job duties, while moving all current projects at the airport forward. She has already had a seat at the table as we work to complete the runway and forge a P3 partnership, so her transition into the role of Interim Director makes sense and should be a smooth one.”

City Attorney/Deputy Chief of Staff Richard Leverett will assume the role of Acting Chief of Staff for the City of Gary.

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