Saturday, June 01, 2013

Lake County Airport (KLKV) has new manager -- Lakeview, Oregon

Posted: Saturday, June 1, 2013 12:00 am

By LEE JUILLERAT Herald  and News 


New faces are filling some key jobs in Lake County.

Lake County commissioners recently approved a contract for Tom and Julie Andrews to manage the Lake County Airport.

The Andrewses, who currently have an aviation business in Grants Pass, were hired to oversee airport operations effective today. Lake County Commissioner Ken Kestner said the couple will replace Bert Young, who plans to retire.

Kestner said Tom Andrews is licensed to repair fixed wing aircraft and helicopters and has experience serving planes owned by Lake County pilots.

Under terms of the contract, the two will not be county employees. Their $70,000-a-year contract stipulates the couple will manage and oversee the airport, handle airport promotion and marketing, represent Lake County at airport-related meetings and oversee the county-owned Paisley Airport.

The two-year contract also allows them to relocate their airplane repair and maintenance business to the airport’s main hangar. Kestner said it’s expected that several of Tom Andrews’ current clients will have work done in Lakeview, which, in turn, is expected to allow out-of-area pilots to become more familiar with Lakeview and the county during layovers. Julie Andrews will handle promotional efforts, research airport-related grants and be in charge of airport operations when her husband in unavailable.

As part of the new contract, Kestner said airport coverage is being increased to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Young, who has been paid $25,000 annually, had fewer job requirements and hours. He will remain available to work with the Andrewses during a transition period.

Efforts to hire a new airport director began last summer but the county received no responses.

“We had several very good applicants,” Kestner said of more recent recruitment efforts.


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