The Aviation Authority District is governed by a 13-member board. The South Carolina House and Senate delegations representing Charleston County each nominate three members (approved by the governor) and one member is jointly appointed by the Charleston County Council and the Charleston City Council. The mayors of the City of Charleston, City of North Charleston and Town of Mount Pleasant, the chairman of Charleston County Council and the chairman and vice chairman of the Charleston County Legislative Delegation serve as ex-officio board members. The appointed members serve four-year terms.
The Charleston County Aviation Authority (CCAA) owns and operates the Charleston International Airport (CHS), Charleston Executive Airport (JZI) on Johns Island and the Mount Pleasant Regional Airport (LRO). Chartered in 1970 by the State of South Carolina as a special purpose district, it is responsible for managing, operating and developing all public airports in the Charleston County Airport District. The Aviation Authority coordinates its activities with the Federal Aviation Administration and the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission.
Meetings of the Aviation Authority Board are held on the second floor of the CHS terminal at either 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. the third Thursday of each month, except June, July and August, when meetings are scheduled on an as-needed basis. Occasionally special meetings are scheduled. Advertisements for all meetings run in the Charleston Post & Courier the day before the meeting.
The 2013-2014 Aviation Authority board members are:
Andrew J. Savage, III, chairman
Vacant, vice chairman
The Honorable Lawrence E. Richter, Jr., secretary
Michael Stavrinakis, assistant secretary
B. Spencer Pryor, treasurer
Vacant, assistant treasurer
Thomas F. Harnett
The Honorable Linda Page. Mayor, Town of Mount Pleasant
The Honorable Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Mayor, City of Charleston
The Honorable R. Keith Summey, Mayor, City of North Charleston
The Honorable George E. Campsen, III, vice chairman, Charleston County Legislative Delegation
The Honorable Harry B. Limehouse, III, chairman, Charleston County Legislative Delegation
The Honorable Teddie E. Pryor Sr., chairman, Charleston County Council