Thursday, September 7, 2017

Mayor makes appointment to JMAA board.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba appointed Lt. Col. (Ret.) Lucius Wright to the Board of Commissioners for the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority.  The City Council approved the nomination on August 31.  The former artillery officer was awarded the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars.  He also earned Master Aviator status.  His resume and a video of the confirmation hearing are posted below.






30 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is a yuge upgrade from the pastors, teachers and DJ's that once inhabited the board. I salute this appointment! Knowing how to fly a plane is still different than running an airport itself, but this is a step in the right direction!!!

Anonymous said...

Well this is much better than appointing another preacher / radio dj / hair braider / car detail shop owner....

Anonymous said...

Where are all the haters? Would love to see names of who the Madison and Rankin delegation would put on the board if they could. No doubt it would be a cousin to a hotel developer looking to put a hotel on the property. Or maybe a Rankin County school administrator.

Anonymous said...

Anxiously, waiting for the Jackson Hate Brigade to come through and tell me why Lumumba isn't fit for office and how this appointment will further doom the airport.

"But Southwest..."

Anonymous said...

A quality appointment doesn't ameliorate BabyChok's paucity of actual experience.

Anonymous said...

I second that @2:31. BabyChok is cut from the same cloth at Obama - no real world experience actually working in a job to produce a product or perform a needed service. And no, being an activist attorney does not qualify one to be a mayor of a capital city. He's the same type of community organizer, race-baiting, do-nothing, so-called politician that Obama was/is. And I'm sure that his legacy as mayor of Jacktown will be the same as Obama's legacy as POTUS...........total bullshit!!!

Anonymous said...

Might want to redact his personal address, phone number, etc.

Anonymous said...

Sing it 2:52...sing it loud & clear!!!

Anonymous said...

I don't see it. Looks like an artillery officer with some flying experience and a career in nothing related to managing an airport. I'm sure he is a decent guy but the service record and civilian resume don't sound like a good fit for the job. Still miles better than some other picks and better than the average person for the job. Time will tell.

Anonymous said...

BabyChok has the same amount of real world experience as Phil Bryant.

At least Tate Reeves was a bank teller for a few years.

Anonymous said...

I think his business sense will go a long way in this role. Honestly, anyone with airline experience that is still available for this gig should raise some eyebrows. That should be a red flag for things like felon status, etc.

Anonymous said...

If Jackson offered better rates, then I could have seen my girlfriend more after she was transferred and she wouldn't have cheated on me so many times. Thanks, JXN.

Anonymous said...

But ma southwest.

Anonymous said...

The board isn't there to run the airport - that's what they hire a Director to do. This guy's business experience - more so than any flying activity - is what will make him a good board member, and certainly better than any of the ones that were left there by Yarber, or for that matter by Daddy Chock.

Anonymous said...

What is Yarber doing nowadays?

Anonymous said...

What would you people be happy with as an appointment? Amelia Earhart? Howard Hughes? Charles Lindbergh? Orville and Wilbur Wright?

I am no Antar fan by any means but its a start in the right direction.

Anonymous said...

2:19

Madison picked a Retired Brigadier General that ran the National Guard Base there and has about 20 years experience, Rankin has selected a banker that also had economic development experience. I not sure of his name.

Kingfish said...

He is making better appointments than his father did so far. There. I just gave him the kiss of death.

Anonymous said...

Wright is obviously not a Kushnik. Good resume of accomplishment. Highly doubt he has spent his career spouting anything resembling Junior Lumumba's socialist dogma. Working overtime to find nits in this man's background is foolish. He'll be a positive on the board.

Anonymous said...

3:53PM, Earhart was a terrible pilot. Had it not been for JFK Jr., the act of flying straight down would be termed as pulling an "Earhart."

Anonymous said...

The Stankin appointment is Chance Carter, a local banker. Nice enough guy. Zero aviation experience of note. His appointment is a baffler for sure. But even Stevie Wonder can see that his bank employer hopes that his eventual seat at the table will yield exceptional results for said bank once the new authority's leasehold property around the airport is postured for development.

Anonymous said...

4:24,,,could have ended his comment with "as that is the reason the Rankin legislative delegation pushed for a new board of governance".

and then we wonder why democrats try to steer contracts.

Anonymous said...

When did real world experience become a criteria for elected office in Mississippi? The ONlY one that comes to mind in my lifetime is Fordice. Every office holder since has been progressively less experienced in anything other than government teet reliance. Has Bryant ever gotten a paycheck that was not from the guvmint?

Anonymous said...

Which basket of talent does he replace? By the way, with a 20+ million dollar budget, an airport is very much a business. Aviation experience is nice, but many aviation folks know little about business. REAL business experience is vital. Looks like a good appointment.

Anonymous said...

2:52

Wow...We are soooooooooo much greater now. NOT!

Anonymous said...

4:24 and 7:21,

What gives, Chance is a smart guy, Banker/ Economic Development experience. You piss ants will never be happy with anyone. Anyone they pick is going to have something you will find fault with. Yes Chance works for Community Bank and the land you speak of has NOTHING to do with, not even close to or does it benefit from anything the airport can or may do. Any idiot with a brain knows that. You are just hating for the sake of hating. And by the way there will be an announcement soon about what is going on that property so that destroys your weak ass theory. Maybe you work for another bank and are tired of being stuck in the drive through station.
That is two solid picks by Madison and Rankin Supervisors, not the "delegation" and a solid pick by Antar. Don't look now but that has the making of a solid board with the addition of a few more solid pro business minded individuals and Carl can take the airport to the next level.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what it would take to get Southwest Airlines to come back.

Anonymous said...

Someone mentioned not being 'a good fit for the job'. What IS the job? Like most other commissions filled through government appointments, there is no 'job'. If you have walking around sense, the ability to place a lunch call to a caterer and can show up close to start time once a month.....you're well qualified.

Anonymous said...

14 years experience here as an enlisted traditional guardsman - and here's my take. Generally speaking, a Lt Col has a lot of responsibility - usually over a battalion size group of about 500 people, give or take. They're not experts in whatever field they command; however, they're still very knowledgeable. At that size group, it's simply about logistics, managing people, and getting the job done. I don't care if he isn't an expert in every aspect of an airport as long as he can manage and direct the people that are. Overall, I think this is a good step for the airport, but only time will tell if it turns out to be effective...which I'm very hopeful.

Anonymous said...

As a contractor, don't fool yourself with any illusions of altruism. Job one of the all black board is to steer contracts and business to politically "affiliated" black firms, qualified or not, and otherwise pilfer funds for goodies, travel and hare-brained ideas.

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