Former Mount Pleasant mayor Billy Swails was picked for a spot on the Charleston County Aviation Authority, part of what has been a quick change in the lineup of its members.

The appointment came Monday during a meeting of the House of Representative members of the Charleston County legislative delegation at North Charleston City Hall.

Swails succeeds businessman Mallory Factor, who wasn't seeking re-appointment because of teaching commitments he has in England.

Swails was nominated by state Rep. Chip Limehouse, R-Charleston. Part of the district Limehouse represents includes Mount Pleasant.

In the other appointment considered Monday, Charleston tourism chief Helen Hill was re-appointed to her spot.

Both selections came after two other veteran members were not re-appointed last month. Lawyer and former judge Larry Richter, and former congressman Tommy Hartnett, didn't muster enough votes to get reappointed to the 13-member authority.

Instead, the county Senate delegation voted to replace them with former Charleston City council member Henry Fishburne, and with organization development consultant and trainer Margaret Seidler.

The authority oversees the county's three airports and also plays a role in encouraging economic development.

Appointments to the authority must be confirmed by the governor.

Swails stepped down as mayor last year after serving one term.

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