Selden this week spoke to members of the city council’s transportation committee, which oversees the airport. The committee voted unanimously in favor of confirming his appointment as general manager.
In response to a question from city council member Amir Farokhi, Selden said contracting “has to be kept at an arm’s length, and no outside influence should be involved in the procurement process.”
“If you keep your distance from the procurements, look at the facts, look at the (request for proposals)… not be influenced” and pick the best company for the city, “that’s key to restoring the integrity of the process,” Selden said.
While Hartsfield-Jackson awards millions of dollars in contracts a year, airport contracting is also run through City Hall and its procurement department. The city's former chief procurement officer Adam Smith was sentenced to prison earlier this year.
Andre Dickens, chair of the city council transportation committee, said the first thing he discussed with Selden was integrity.
“We will maintain our code of ethics and run this airport as it should be,” Dickens said.
Selden said his goals include ensuring Hartsfield-Jackson remains the world's busiest airport and maintains its efficiency, which he said translates to airline profits and more airline service in Atlanta.