Darren Pudgil, a spokesman for Mayor Jerry Sanders, said today that the mayor plans to meet next week with airport authority Chairman Bob Watkins to discuss the issues we’ve raised in our coverage.

In a text message, Pudgil said the issues arising from Watkins’ explanation of his London trip are “concerning.” He would not say whether the mayor stood behind the comments that county Supervisor Dianne Jacob made yesterday. Jacob said she did not want to see Watkins reappointed to the authority board when his term expires in January and that she believed he had violated the public’s trust.

Asked whether the mayor will seek Watkins’ resignation, Pudgil replied: “The mayor would like to hear from Mr. Watkins.”

Sanders appointed Watkins as chairman in July.

ROB DAVIS

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