Thursday, January 12, 2012

Airport ramps up manager search

(Jan. 12, 2012) The search for Nantucket’s next airport manager is gearing up with the town seeking the assistance of a consulting firm, but there has already been a flood of applicants responding to advertisements for the position, including several island-based candidates.

Airport Commission chairman Dan Drake said there have been roughly 20 applicants for the job that opened following the firing of former manager Al Peterson late last year. Meanwhile, the town has issued a request for proposals, or RFP, for qualified consultants to design and conduct a so-called “assessment center” to evaluate the candidates. The airport has set aside $35,000 in this year’s budget to hire the firm selected through the RFP process.

“We’ve gotten about 20 applicants without a search firm,” Drake said. “I haven’t looked at them all in detail, but I suspect most of them aren’t qualified. I don’t think they have the backgrounds we really want. At this point, we want someone who has actually managed an airport or who has been the assistant manager of an airport.”

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