Miller: No need for airport director
Until air service at Lake Tahoe Airport becomes a thriving, steady business, City Manager Kerry Miller says he will hold back on hiring an airport director.
“Probably in September, after a few months of operation, we will make a determination to move forward with a permanent hire,” Miller said. “It certainly is my intention to hire an airport director if commercial air service proves successful.”
Along with his duties as city manager, Miller has been acting airport director for the last three years since the previous airport director resigned – shortly after Reno Air discontinued service. Also, Janis Brand, airport management assistant, has had to assume many of the responsibilities of airport director, along with her administrative duties.
“At least half of my time is spent on the direct contacts that would fall under the airport director’s position. It would be wonderful to have someone in that position so I could go back to my administrative work and get some projects going,” Brand said. “There is a definite demand to get an airport director, but we have to be fiscally responsible and see that the revenues are, and will continue, to be there.”
In the interim, the South Lake Tahoe City Council approved – upon further evaluation by Miller – hiring an interim project manager who would work 120 hours per month for four months, and an administrative clerk, who would work 80 hours per month, also for four months. These two temporary positions combined would cost the airport approximately $18,500. Miller, Brand and the airport commission will explore the positions and make a final decision as soon as possible, Brand said.
“We need to get some of these improvement and repair projects online,” she said. “This needs to be firmed up soon.”
The airport director position, Miller said, would be comparable in salary, scope and responsibility to the positions of parks or street superintendents and would require five to six years previous experience in the field and a bachelor’s degree in management.
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