Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says her Chief of Staff BR Lane takes on a new job as interim director of the Gary/Chicago International Airport starting today, following a unanimous vote by the airport board Monday naming Lane to that position. The board deadlocked on Lane's nomination, on a tie 3-to-3 vote, a week and a half ago. City Attorney/Deputy Chief of Staff Richard Leverett will assume the role of Acting Chief of Staff for the City of Gary.
Lane 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 issued a statement on Monday'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.”