In a separate memo notes "the cost for hosting this business development opportunity was "$2,306.51 I am unable to get a receipt from the member (due) to _____ concern of having his membership information exposed to public record. I am seeking paying in the amount of $2,306.51 to be made to ______ for reimbursement of costs directly associated with the business of the IAA."He can't furnish a receipt to Marsha Stone because the member of the exclusive private golf club doesn't want the information "exposed to public record" and, instead, asks Stone to issue payment to another person to reimburse the member for the expenses charged to his membership at the club. Now if that doesn't raise all sorts of red flags then I don't know what does. Augusta is near Atlanta where Clark is seeking the job as CEO of Hartfield-Jackson International Airport. He is one of three finalists for the job, but he insists he never applied for the job. As he explained to Milz, he's so highly respected in the field that he gets calls all the time from airport authorities all over the world asking him to apply for jobs. Atlanta asked him to apply for this job and he obliged their request. After all, how could he turn down an offer to apply for a job to the nation's busiest airport? I would note one of Milz' earlier reports included mention of a trip he billed to Indianapolis taxpayers to cover the cost of attending an NBA game in Atlanta between the Pacers and the Hawks. I wouldn't be at all surprised to learn we've been footing the bill for Clark to jockey to get this new job in Atlanta.
Altanta's mayor has reportedly already made a decision, but is holding off announcing his choice until the new choice can wrap things up in his current position. All three of the finalists carry a lot of baggage. The other two were fired or resigned under a cloud from their respective positions in Tampa and Detroit. Clark left Jacksonville's International Airport for his job in Indianapolis after his lavish travel budget there and his mistreatment of airport employees drew scrutiny. A Florida prosecutor is still investigating Clark's travel expenditures.
Milz informs us the airport authority recently paid Flashpoint $100,000 to do a salary and compensation study to move more towards "a performance-based organization" and to do a comparison of his pay to other lesser-paid employees. Unbelievably, our airport authority offered to pay a more than $37,000 bonus to Clark after his first year on the job, which he turned down due to the bad economy. I suspect he turned it down because of his plans to move on to Atlanta. Milz says Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is aware of the travel-related issues surrounding Clark and will take that into consideration in making his decision. He also described all three of his controversial finalist choices as "strong candidates."
Milz report also points out Clark didn't turn in an expense report for his trip to the Super Bowl in Miami that included 5 tickets for three airline executives, CFO Stone and himself until several months later. Why the delay Milz asked? "I'm tardy, simply tardy," Clark said. "I'm not trying to avoid anything. I just moved on to other things." Well, maybe it's time someone in the Ballard administration showed a little leadership and tells Clark to move on to other things.
UPDATE: The IBJ reports Clark has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Atlanta airport job. The Atlanta Constitution-Journal had this statement from Clark:
“After much thought and discussion with my family, I have decided to withdraw my name from further consideration for the position of general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson International airport," Clark said in a prepared statement. "Being considered for a position of this magnitude is truly an honor and a valuable experience. However, I am committed, along with our valuable employee team, to delivering a world class airport here ... and continuing the focus on our 2010-15 strategic plan.”