BOSTON (CBS) – News that State Transportation Secretary Jeffrey Mullan may step down before the end of the year could affect the choice of a new Executive Director of the Massachusetts Port Authority.
Mullan serves as chairman of the board of Massport after being appointed a year-and-a-half ago to the board by Governor Deval Patrick.
The Massport board will hold its next meeting on July 21. Governor Patrick has also appointed three new board members this year. Board members serve without pay.
Thomas Kinton stepped down as CEO of Massport on May 30. He retired after over 30 years of service at the Authority in part due to a flap caused by a proposed $20,000 salary increase late last year that was opposed by Governor Deval Patrick.
The word that Mullan was also retiring over a failed request to have his salary increased was rejected by the Governor is an ironic turn of events. It may also make it more difficult for the Patrick Administration to find capable people to fill these top positions.
Massport has hired an outside firm to screen candidates for its top operating job. That position will be approved by the board that Mullan currently heads. It would appear that a candidate could be approved and on the job by the early fall.
Next week should also see the release of passenger arrival and departure figures for the first six months of 2011 at Logan Airport. They are expected to be up over five percent from last year and be a new record.
The appointment of Mullan as Massport Chairman was viewed as an attempt to have more coordination between parts of the state’s transportation system. It was also seen as an attempt to move some of Massport’s dollars shifted to other transportation needs.
Massport operates as separate state agency.
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