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The newest member of the Lincoln Airport Authority might be the most-qualified member in the board's history.

Bob Selig, who was approved last month by the Lincoln City Council to fill the term of newly elected state Sen. Anna Wishart, attended his first meeting Tuesday.

Selig, who grew up in southeast Nebraska, moved to Lincoln last year with his wife after retiring as president and CEO of the Capital Region Airport in Lansing, Michigan. Prior to that job, he led five different airports in the Midwest, including the Central Nebraska Regional Airport in Grand Island in the late 1990s.

Selig, an Air Force veteran, applied last October for the seat vacated by Wishart and was appointed by Mayor Chris Beutler.

He won't get much time to get his feet wet, as he faces re-election for the seat in this spring's city election. Airport Authority members serve six-year unpaid terms.

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