Alan Bersin is in.

San Diego City Council approved the former state education secretary’s nomination to the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority by a 6-2 vote earlier this afternoon.

Bersin will join the three-member executive committee, a position that pays $150,000 annually.

He’ll be joined by former Navy mayor Bruce Boland, who will also be appointed to the authority’s board. Boland will step in for current board member Paul Peterson, who announced his resignation at today’s authority meeting. Boland’s appointment doesn’t require council confirmation because it is not to the executive committee.

The resignation of Peterson, an attorney who was appointed by former Mayor Dick Murphy, was a surprise to many. He had two years remaining on his term, though he said he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Boland was a leader of the political fight against the Miramar ballot initiative and was a former fighter pilot at Miramar. He will receive a $100-per-meeting stipend.

For more on this – and on today’s airport authority meeting – look for my story later tonight.

(Update: The original version of this post incorrectly reported the council vote as 5-3. The 5-3 vote was on a separate, unsuccessful motion to delay the decision in order to put Boland on the executive committee instead of Bersin.)

ROB DAVIS

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