Labor unions representing workers at BWI are calling on the legislature to investigate Gov. Larry Hogan’s appointment of BWI CEO Ricky Smith.

In September, the Baltimore Sun reported that Smith’s former airport in Cleveland was slapped with $735,000 in fines for runway safety violations. At the time, Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn said he would have still hired Smith if he knew about the fines.

But a group of five labor unions is calling on the General Assembly to investigate the hiring. They also think the legislature should have oversight of the BWI CEO appointment process.

“This is too important of a position for the selection to happen behind closed doors,” said Patrick Moran, President of AFSCME State Council 3. “A confirmation process in the Maryland legislature would have brought the runway safety issues to light and would have given the people of Maryland a chance to learn more about Ricky Smith’s record and qualifications.”

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.