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July 7, 2017
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Mayor Reappoints Selig to Airport Authority

Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that he will once again appoint Robert Selig to the Lincoln Airport Authority Board to fill the unexpired term of Jim Lauerman. Beutler first appointed the longtime airport manager to the five-member Board in January 2017 to fill the term of Anna Wishart, who was elected to the Nebraska Legislature. The unpaid board sets policy and oversees the budget for the Lincoln Airport and its industrial park.

"Lincoln is fortunate to have someone like Robert, who has decades of airport management experience, available and willing to serve on the Airport Authority Board," Beutler said. "He will be a great asset to the community in our quest to enhance airline service and promote economic development."

Lauerman was elected to the board in 2015, and he previously served two six-year terms beginning in 1986. Lauerman recommended that Beutler appoint Selig as his replacement.

"Jim's decision to vacate the seat in hopes of seeing a well-qualified candidate step in is a tremendously selfless act-a rarity in today's era of politics," Beutler said. "I am grateful for Jim's service on the Airport Authority Board and appreciate his willingness to make a personal sacrifice to better our community."

Selig retired in 2016 after 40 years of experience managing and developing airports in the Midwest, including Kalamazoo and Lansing, MI, Columbia, MO and Grand Forks, ND. He is certified as an Accredited Airport Executive by the American Association of Airport Executives and is certified as a police officer in Nebraska and Michigan. He is an Air Force veteran and has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Davenport University in Kalamazoo and an associate's of applied science degree from Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

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