Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that Joslyn Williams had been appointed to the position. He has been nominated.
D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) on Wednesday announced he has nominated Joslyn Williams, president of the Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO, to the board of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
The local labor leader will replace H.R. Crawford, whose term expires in January. Williams will join the MWAA board at a time when the authority is fighting to remake its image following a scathing federal inspector general report that detailed nepotism, contracting irregularities and numerous other ethics breaches.
MWAA is currently overseeing construction of the $5.6 billion Dulles Rail extension. It also manages Reagan National and Washington Dulles International airports, and the Dulles Toll Road.
MWAA recently expanded its board from 13 to 17 members, giving the District one additional seat. In September, Gray named Barbara Lang, the president and CEO of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, to fill that new seat. The nomination of Williams may be viewed by some as a victory for labor, which lost its sole representative on the board when labor official Dennis Martire stepped down in October following a dispute with Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R).