Maryland governor Martin O’Malley (D) has appointed Jack Garson to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s 13-member board of directors. Garson is the founder of Garson Claxton, a Bethesda, Md.-based law firm.
With the Airports Authority, Garson will be spending most of his time as part of the construction and planning committees – working on the planned silver Metro line that would travel between Tysons Corner, Va., and Washington Dulles International Airport - as well as other matters related to expansion at both Dulles and Ronald Reagan National Airport.
Garson's position on the board is voluntary, and he will serve for a six-year term. He'll remain with the firm during his tenure.
Garson, who was appointed to the Airports Authority on Dec. 29 and sworn in on Jan. 5, says yesterday's airplane accident that sent a U.S. Airways Airbus into the Hudson River in New York City raised concerns.
“I’m going to be learning and bringing value in the aviation and security areas in time. I don’t bring expertise in those areas right now, but rather in the construction and planning areas,” says Garson, who is a self-admitted aviation “novice.”
He says the board is having a meeting on Thursday where Garson believes the group will “raise some questions and review our policies in what we are doing to be sure similar accidents are prevented.”