The appoitnment, decided by a unanimous 14-0 vote, comes less than a month after Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed nominated Council to the position.
“Roosevelt Council is the right person to lead our Administration’s efforts to ensure Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport retains its position as the world’s leading passenger airport,” said Mayor Reed.
“His background in financial and transportation management has equipped him with the experience necessary to oversee all aspects of the world’s busiest and most efficient airport while positioning the Airport for the years and decades ahead.”
He succeeds Miguel Southwell in the hot seat who left the position last year.
“I am honuored and humbled at the confidence placed in me by Mayor Reed and the City Council members,” said Council.
“I am entrusted with a great responsibility, and I look forward to working with the mayor, the Council and our Airport partners to continue our efforts at economic growth and leadership on the global, regional and local levels.”
Council was named interim airport general manager in May 2016.
Since then, the airport notes that it has hosted tens of millions of passengers in a safe, efficient manner, secured credit rating upgrades and expanded work on ATLNext, a $6 billion capital improvement programme that will pave the way for growth over the next 20 years.
Previous to this post, Council was the airport deputy general manager and chief financial officer.
The new general manager has more than 25 years of experience as a financial professional in public accounting, communications, transportation logistics and the public sector.
He joined the City of Atlanta in 2009 as budget and fiscal policy chief and later served as deputy chief financial officer under former Mayor Shirley Franklin.
Prior to joining ATL he served as interim CFO for the City of Atlanta under the leadership of Mayor Kasim Reed.
Before his employment with the City of Atlanta, Council was CFO of the Georgia Technology Authority, where he was responsible for general accounting, budget, cost accounting, financial reporting, payroll and strategic planning.