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John Clark III, executive director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority, has withdrawn his name from consideration for the top position at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the airport authority announced Friday.

Clark was one of three finalists to run the world's busiest airport, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“After much thought and discussion with my family, I have decided to withdraw my name from further consideration for the position of general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson International airport," Clark said in a prepared statement. "Being considered for a position of this magnitude is truly an honor and a valuable experience. However, I am committed, along with our valuable employee team, to delivering a world class airport here ... and continuing the focus on our 2010-15 strategic plan.”

On Wednesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed had chosen the winning candidate for the job, but wouldn’t reveal the selection.

Clark was up against Louis Miller, former executive director and CEO of Tampa International Airport, and Lester Robinson, who managed Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport and Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Mich., until June, according to the newspaper.

Clark started with the Indianapolis airport in April 2009 after working for Jacksonville’s airport authority for 14 years.

In Jacksonville, he was credited with improving the city’s airport system and has earned praise from airport officials in Indianapolis for his strategic planning.

But he’s also been criticized for his lavish travel spending, which was documented by Folio Weekly, Jacksonville’s alternative newspaper. He is being investigated by Florida State Attorney Angela Corey, who has declined to elaborate on the nature of her inquiry.

In his first year on the job in Indianapolis, Clark spent $36,693 on travel and lodging, IBJ reported earlier this year.


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  • Enough is enough.
    When is the Aiprort Board going to pull the plug on this buffoon, who's living high on taxpayer money as he did in Jacksonville. He rides in limousines, stays in lavish hotel rooms, while traveling to exotic locales all over the country. He did the same thing in Jacksonvillle. Enough is enough. Time to send him packing
  • Opportunistic Buffoon
    KW has it correct. This guy has been an opportunistic buffoon from the get-go. How on earth he ever got hired is amazing. The heat is on here when it was clear that others were on to him, so he runs around trying to find some other fool city to hire him, and then when they choose someone else, he thinks we are naive enough to think he pulled his name out of contention? THEY DID NOT WANT HIM - THEY DID THEIR HOMEWORK, something we obviously did not. The sad part of this story is we are now still stuck with this deadbeat. Keep an eye on him, he continues to take lavish trips and wastes taxpayer money at every oppty. He will eventually get canned, and in the meantime, we get stuck paying the freight.
  • Good For Atlanta - Bad for Indy
    This guy seems to be a job hopper who is chasing after his next job instead of focusing on meaningful work to improve the Indianapolis Airport. Is the Airport Authority blind?
  • Damage Control
    It looks like he wasn't selected and now is trying to withdraw his name to save face before the selection becomes public.
  • Atlanta's Smart Move
    Clark's done nothing here. He shuffled a few people around in IAA leadership, but did nothing at all to cure IAA's fiscal problems. Oh wait, he closed the fifth floor of the parking garage.

    Jackson Hartsfield is too big a job for a guy with such limited bandwidth. Of course, the IAA Board hired him, and there is plenty of inertia in that group. "Ambassador" (hoo boy) Tobias was supposed to take us to the next level. Clearly a case of egos trumping vision.

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