Second manager position approved for Gary airport
BY MICHELLE QUINN Post-Tribune correspondent February 11, 2014 1:40PM
Updated: February 12, 2014 2:05AM
GARY — A second airport manager will be added to the Gary/Chicago International Airport employee roster by the end of March, but the position isn’t supposed to affect the airport director position already in place.
AvPorts, the Dulles-Va.-based company chosen last month as the airport’s partner in the 40-year, public-private partnership, said it’s looking for a person “familiar to the community” so as to keep a local feel to its management, interim airport director Bridget B.R. Lane told the Airport Authority at its Monday meeting. This new manager would oversee airport operations.
But Lane, who was approved by the board in September after former interim director Steve Landry resigned, said she’ll still be on board.
“(The new manager) is their employee, not ours,” Lane said.
Lane said the new company has been onsite since Jan. 27th to get up to speed on current airport operations and other areas such as maintenance and public safety. The big concern, however, has been the runway expansion, a topic she said discusses with the company several times a day.
Authority member Denise Dillard reminded the board that communication will need to be streamlined, saying its alignment is “mandatory.”
In other business, the board approved a $318,755 decrease in the cost of the Airport Road overpass project as well as approved another $309,000 increase for additional topsoil needed for the runway expansion.