Thursday, June 03, 2010
High-Flying Airport Authority CEO Already Looking For New Job
I guess John Clark's $270,000 a year salary and lavish travel allowance just isn't enough for the Porche 911-driving CEO at the Indianapolis Airport Authority. After being on the job for a little more than a year, he's already looking at a job opening at Atlanta's airport according to an online Star report this evening. The best thing that could happen to the airport authority is for Clark to get the job in Atlanta. Maybe the authority can then hire someone who is substantively qualified for the job and who is not all about flash and dash. No sooner had Clark arrived at his job here until Jacksonville authorities began an investigation of his lavish travel expenditures while running the airport there. According to the IBJ, Clark ran up a travel bill of $37,000 during his first year on the job in Indianapolis. He essentially spent three months of his first year out-of-town. Clark turned down a bonus the airport authority foolishly offered to award him after only one year on the job despite cuts and salary freezes elsewhere. Clark generously turned the bonus down. Now we know why. Chalk this one up as just another in a string of bad hires by Mayor Greg Ballard's administration. Unless you are interested in fleecing the taxpayers, Ballard is not interested in your service in his administration.