Friday, May 24, 2013

Four finalists chosen for Okaloosa airports director

Published: Friday, May 24, 2013 at 17:13 PM.

It started with more than 100 applicants, but now the search for Okaloosa County’s next airports director is down to four finalists.

Okaloosa County Administrator Ernie Padgett narrowed the list this week. He will hold onsite interviews June 11.

The finalists are:

  • Steven V. Brian, executive director of the Glynn County Airport Commission in Brunswick, Ga.
  • Michael J. Clow, director of Morgantown Municipal Airport in Morgantown, W.Va.
  • Randall S. Curtis, an adjunct professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and former executive director of the Bay County Airport and Industrial District.
  • Sunil Harman, aviation director and CEO of the city of Tallahassee Department of Aviation.
“These four have a good track record of what they’ve done previously and actually being airport directors,” Padgett said. “They’ve all been airport directors, and that’s kind of how they came to the top as the four finalists.”

The new director will oversee Northwest Florida Regional Airport, Destin Airport and Bob Sikes Airport in Crestview. The job has a salary range of $79,913 to $145,350.

Padgett hopes to have a finalist selected in time to make a recommendation to Okaloosa County commission at their meeting June 18.

During the interviews, Padgett plans to ask the finalists what is the earliest they could start.

“I’m looking for someone who can go out there and hit the ground running, that nothing is really new to them,” he said. “I want someone that’s got the experience under their belt, has a proven track record, and our research on them has not raised any red flags. I just want someone who can get out there, knows the airport business, knows how to manage people.”


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