By Lauren Ratcliffe
Published Jan. 21, 2013
The Charleston County Aviation Authority elected new officers last week and vowed a season of transparency.
Charleston lawyer Andy Savage was unanimously elected chairman and took over leadership of the meeting from Rep. Chip Limehouse. Limehouse was not considered for the position because of his upcoming campaign for the 1st Congressional District seat vacated by Sen. Tim Scott.
Limehouse thanked the board after the vote and announced Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston would fill his seat on the board during the campaign season this spring.
Once the new officers assumed their positions, Savage implemented a methodical approach to the meeting. As the board worked its way down the agenda, members frequently asked questions and Savage indicated ways the operations of the board will change.
“I think there has been a little bit of disconnect on information flow and when information is not available it is easy to criticize,” Savage said. He said he plans on utilizing the committee system that the board once used.
“We’re going to have to work a little harder,” he said.
Savage said he plans on ushering in more transparency to the board through compliance with the Freedom of Information Act and a desire to converse with the public about the operations of the board. He said he wants the board to work as a unit, and that he does not view his position as more important or more powerful than that of any other member.
“I’m glad to be your spokesman, but I don’t want to be making our decisions,” Savage said. “Together I think we can move forward. A new day is here; let’s bring in the sunshine and get rid of the mold.”