Virginia, Maryland appoint new members to airports board

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Local,Transportation,Liz Essley

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Friday reappointed one member of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board and appointed four new members.

McDonnell reappointed Frank Conner, a lawyer first appointed by Democrat and former Gov. Tim Kaine, to the airports board that oversees the $6 billion Dulles Rail project, Reagan National Airport and Dulles International Airport.

But McDonnell did not reappoint Michael O'Reilly, another lawyer appointed by Kaine, whose term expired in November along with Conner's. McDonnell replaced O'Reilly with Anthony Griffin, a former Fairfax County executive who retired in April.

Conner recently joined McDonnell appointees Tom Davis and Todd Stottlemeyer in protesting money being spent by the airports authority to defend another board member, Dennis Martire, a union official ousted from the board by McDonnell.

Martire announced last month that he would resign at the end of October, and Eileen McConnell, a former Fairfax supervisor, will fill his post, McDonnell said Friday.

Two former Republican state office candidates, Caren Merrick and Lynn Chapman, will fill two new authority seats created for Virginia under recent legislation that expanded the airports board.

McDonnell's appointments were announced the day after Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley appointed attorney Earl Adams Jr., of Prince George's County, to the authority board.

Adams, a government affairs lawyer for DLA Piper, will fill Maryland's newly created third slot on the expanded board.

Adams is a former chief of staff to Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and, before law school, worked for American Airlines as a revenue management market analyst.

Adams will join another DLA Piper lawyer already on the board: Conner.

lessley@washingtonexaminer.com

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