I have lived in Summerville since 2011. In 1986, I was appointed by the mayor of Nashville, Tenn., to a position on the Metropolitan Airport Authority, the first woman to be so appointed.
During the six years I served, we built a new airport and rallied neighborhoods in that area to support the facility. I served as the director’s liaison with the neighbors who were most affected by the new airport.
My years as a commissioner were filled with amazing experiences, some positive, some not so positive.
I learned quickly that business brought before the authority was often highly political. Fortunately, the director of the airport and the authority chair were fair-minded and effective leaders.
We commissioners worked as a team. There were the usual skirmishes for power, but they were eventually worked out through adequate information and compromise for the good of the airport and the community.
The Sept. 5 Post and Courier article about the power grab inside the Charleston County Aviation Authority is distressing to me.
I was even more concerned when I learned of the probable unconstitutionality of Rep. Chip Limehouse’s appointment — and that he serves as chair of the authority.
Does the position of representative not provide enough activity to keep Mr. Limehouse occupied?
When I was an airport authority commissioner, I worked full-time at a demanding job. Being a member of the authority put a strain on me and my family, but I was honored to be named and available for service to Nashville.
My family is all from South Carolina and I am delighted to be back home.
However, I am sad that the behavior of so many of our elected officials shows they are more interested in money, power and prestige than in compassionate community service.
I pray that there is some action that can be taken, not only to reverse the board’s decision, but to remove Mr. Limehouse from the Aviation Authority.
Norma E. Wimberly