Want To Run An Airport? How About A Water System?

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed put out the “help wanted” sign Friday evening, letting two very high profile appointees go. Hartsfield Jackson Airport General Manager Miguel Southwell was dismissed. Per Atlanta’s Fox5 news Mayor Reed released the following statement:

“I want to thank Mr. Southwell for his service to the City of Atlanta and the travelers at the world’s busiest passenger airport.”

“Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport serves as our city’s and region’s dominant economic generator, and as such, I am committed to achieving maximum operational efficiencies and the highest level of customer service possible. I wish Mr. Southwell the best in the next chapter of his career.”

The changes didn’t stop at the airport. Atlanta Watershed Director Jo Ann Macrina was also relieved of her duties Friday afternoon. Per the AJC:

Macrina was let go Friday because of a number of management missteps and questionable international travel, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Macrina came to the city from DeKalb County, where she was deputy director of the county watershed management.

She replaced Rob Hunter, who stepped down from the watershed department amid complaints from residents and businesses about billing and inaccurate readings, Channel 2 reported.

So…if you want to run an airport or a major urban water system, get your call into the Mayor now.

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Macrina should have been fired years ago. Watershed is the most dysfunctional/corrupt department in city government as evidenced by unauthorized raises, theft of city property, improper searches, screwy billing and inappropriate travel.

Not sure on the Southwell dismissal. Airport problems span several administrations and several mayors.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Delta has spoken. So shall it be written. So shall it be done.

It’s always been easy to pick out the low-man on an Atlanta water department crew. He’s the only one in the hole with a shovel.

Will Durant
Will Durant

As noted by gcp the airport’s many issues are legion and pre-date the current suffering of long lines due to poor timing, planning, staffing, etc. Now the head of security for TSA has been removed from his post.

I know everyone gripes about the lines and I’m not saying improvements aren’t needed. I’m choosing to drive to a wedding in a couple of weeks in part because of them. But, without prevention it could be worse, much worse.