Miller comes to the city after 14 years as executive director and CEO at of Tampa International Airport. (According to the AJC, Miller stepped down in January after the airport's board raised questions about zoning permits and project approvals during his tenure.) While in Tampa, city officials said, Miller oversaw more than $1 billion of capital improvements and doubled its number of passengers served per year to 19 million. Prior to that job he held several positions, including executive director, with the Salt Lake City Department of Airports. Reed pointed out Miller's experience working with Atlanta-based Delta and Airtran, which has an Atlanta hub, as playing a role in his pick.
Miller beat out former Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport CEO Lester Robinson for the job. Another finalist, Indianapolis International Airport Executive Director John Clark, dropped out of consideration for the position after
local news outlets reported his February arrest for reckless driving he remembered that city's succulent chicken nuggets. Miller will replace Ben DeCosta, the gadget-lovin' general manager who's led the airport since 1998. The mayor decided not to renew DeCosta's contract after he took office in January.
Miller's got a daunting list of duties to earn his $221,000 salary.
Among his tasks: Oversee the completion of the proposed $1.4 billion international terminal, which is scheduled to open in spring 2012; maintain the city's relationship with Delta, the airport's largest tenant and one of Atlanta's biggest businesses, while forging new relationships with other carriers; and boost the airport's ability to handle cargo traffic, a key sector of the transportation industry that helps spur development, create jobs and generate additional revenue for the airport and the city.
That's in addition to shepherding through bond deals, pleasing passengers, and maneuvering a politically charged environment where contractors and vendors jockey for prized — and at times controversial — deals.
Miller still has to face confirmation by the Atlanta City Council. C.T. Martin, the soft-spoken councilman who chairs the transportation committee, gave the appointee a nod of approval at today's City Hall press conference announcing the selection.
Like other employees of Reed's administration, Miller won't have an employment contract. On Sept. 24, Miller told reporters, he'll drive with his wife to Atlanta and camp out an Embassy Suites for the time being. Three days later he expects to start his first day on the job.
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