JMAA chairman’s term to expire Sunday after mayor pulls item that could have reconfirmed him
City council was expected to vote on whether to extend Lt. Col. Lucius Wright’s term Tuesday
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Another shakeup on the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority board could be coming next week.
The Jackson City Council was expected to decide whether to re-confirm JMAA commissioner and chairman Lt. Col. (Ret) Lucius Wright.
Instead, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba pulled the item before the meeting began.
Airport commissioners are appointed for five-year terms.
City records show Wright’s term ended on August 29.
State law allows appointed officials to stay in that position for up to 90 days, which would mean Wright’s term ends on Sunday.
Should he stay in that position, it likely would not be in compliance with state law.
JMAA Director of Communcations LSherie Dean said, “All appointments and/or reappointments to the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority Board of Commissioners are named (or nominated) by the mayor of the city of Jackson. At this time, JMAA is unable to comment.”
City council members did confirm another commissioner - Sharon Bridges - to replace the vacancy left when Robert Martin resigned last week.
Martin’s resignation came after a 3 On Your Side investigation found evidence the commissioner did not live in Jackson despite a city requirement to do so.
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