The Council elected Don Harris as its president during the Monday, Dec. 6 meeting. Councilor Rey Garduño will step in to do his turn as vice president. Former President Ken Sanchez will serve as chairman of the Committee of the Whole. Other appointments were tabled until the Dec. 20 meeting.
Councilor Dan Lewis flexed his muscles a bit by introducing a measure to consider using private contractors to replace Transportation Security Administration employees at the Sunport. The resolution will not be heard until the next Council meeting. It asks the city administration to look into replacing the TSA, a little-known option authorized by the federal government. Lewis said a private contractor could mean less intrusive screenings. City and state officials have expressed their skepticism at the idea of contracting out the job.
On a side note, Lewis has said he is considering taking on U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich for his Washington seat in the 2012 election.