Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey has appointed retired Air Force Major Ronald A. Franco to succeed her as 2nd Ward alderman, she announced Tuesday.
"Ron’s military, private sector and community experience will immediately bring a fresh perspective to City Hall as the Common Council and I face crucial decisions together on financial and structural changes in the coming months,” McCaffrey said in a press release. “Ron’s special skill set and passionate desire to reshape how our city government operates were key in my decision-making process.”
Franco is employed as a senior pilot for American Airlines. He said in the press release that the work affords him "an extremely flexible schedule that will allow me to both meet all of my commitments and responsibilities, and to dedicate a large amount of time to my service."
In the Air Force from 1989 until 2004, Franco was an aircraft commander/instructor pilot, a chief of training, a night-vision goggle flight test pilot and the Niagara Air Show aircraft display coordinator. He's a veteran of Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom and is a recipient of the Air Medal and an Aerial Achievement Medal. He served as an Air Force Academy liaison officer from 2004 until 2009.
Franco said he’s looking forward to serving on the Council and with McCaffrey, whose "fresh leadership style and her willingness to tackle tough issues" are exciting to him.
"I’ve been fortunate to have traveled the globe ... and the farther I travel, the more I learn what a treasure a hometown like Lockport is," Franco said. "My wife, Deborah, and I are tremendous supporters and champions of our city. Like many cities, we are facing difficult times, but we are resilient and economic progress is slowly taking shape. We also have a powerful asset: A community that fondly remembers our rich past and cares deeply about our city’s future."