Cleveland Trying To Lure Dallas Airport Planner To Hopkins

CLEVELAND (AP) - Mayor Jane Campbell wants to hire a Dallas/Fort Worth airport executive to run Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, The Plain Dealer reported Tuesday.

The city is trying to finalize an agreement with John Mok, vice president of planning at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, for the $200,000-a-year port director's job, Campbell said through a spokesman.

Mok, 51, declined comment, saying whether he comes to Cleveland is the mayor's decision.

The director oversees Hopkins and Burke Lakefront airports and is responsible for the $1.4 billion Hopkins expansion.

Hopkins had four directors in four years under previous Mayor Michael R. White. He was criticized for hiring directors with little or no airport experience.

Campbell said after taking office in January that she wanted an airport executive with 10 to 15 years of experience.

Mok was in charge of strategic planning for Hong Kong's airport and managed the major works program at JFK International Airport in New York.

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