Foxx relieves Airport Advisory Committee Chairman

Foxx relieves Airport Advisory Committee Chairman

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 9:44 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- After Monday night's contentious Airport Advisory Committee meeting, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx said he would take some time to consider the future of committee chairman Shawn Dorsch.

On Tuesday evening, Mayor Foxx officially relieved Dorsch of his membership on the committee.

In a letter to Dorsch, Mayor Foxx the mayor said, "Your response to direct questions last night suggests an evasiveness and lack of transparency that is hardly representative of our citizen committees or those who serve as chairs."

He continued, "Even before last night, you failed to comply with my request for your written communications on this matter..."

Click here to read Mayor Foxx's letter to Dorsch in its entirety.

Dorsch told NBC Charlotte late Tuesday night, "I really appreciate having the opportunity to serve.  I'm sure the mayor was in a difficult postition and I want to do all I can to help the community of Charlotte."

Dorsch is accused of lobbying a legislator and officials in neighboring counties to transfer the airport's oversight from the city to a regional authority.

Dorsch repeatedly stonewalled the Charlotte City Council on who is behind the push to shift control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport to a regional authority during a tense, and often angry meeting on Monday night.

“You are one slick fellow,” council member Andy Dulin told Dorsch. “I don’t trust you.”

Council member Patsy Kinsey told Dorsch he needed to answer their questions directly.

“I really don’t appreciate you dancing around our questions,” she said. “You have way overstepped your bounds.”

The Advisory Committee Vice Chairman, Andrew Riolo said Tuesday night that with Dorsch out, he did not see himself becoming Chair right away.

"I would like to get a legal opinion and get community comment," said Riolo.


The Charlotte Observer contributed to this report.

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