Sunday, June 19, 2016

Chico’s new airport manager visits

Kathryn's Report:

 New Chico Airport manager Sherry Miller, second from left, meets the members of the Airport Commission and the press Friday in Chico.

Chico >> On Friday, the Chico Airport Commission met and confirmed the new airport manager, Sherry Miller, who will be leaving the Lake Tahoe Airport as its manager to come to Chico in about a month.

City Manager Mark Orme introduced Miller to the five-member board, which confirmed the city manager’s appointment of Miller. The City Council will confirm her as well.

Orme said he had gotten resumes from as far away as Alaska and the Great Lakes, “but the person with the most depth of experience and the right fit for Chico was a couple of hours away.”

Early in her cover letter for the Chico position, Miller said she has worked in the aviation industry for more than 30 years and “still holds the same passion that I have always displayed with my career. Not only do I still have immense passion for what I do, I have the skill set that you are looking for in a successful airport manager.”

Many of those skills have come from working at 11 airports, and directly managing nine, she said.

Miller’s resume winds through her 30 years in aviation, ranging from servicing aircraft to executive airport management of an eight-airport system, two of which had commercial passenger service.

Since 2009, she has been director of the Lake Tahoe Airport, based in South Lake Tahoe.

Airport managers keep an eye on other airports, she told this newspaper after the meeting. “I’ve seen there were some growing pains here.”

She’s known about Chico for years, she said, after having friends at Chico State University, and Chico residents who have a second home at Tahoe have encouraged her to come here.

On initial reaction, she said, “I can see (the airport) needs attention, some one-on-one attention. City managers can’t do it all.”

Miller said she was looking forward to helping bring back commercial air service.

Candidates for the position met with two interviewing panels, made up of people from the airport and business communities and city personnel.

Miller will be in place for the next Airport Commission meeting July 26.

The Airport Commission welcomed Miller, but also had words for Debbie Collins, who has been second-in-command at the airport after Orme.

Former chair Thomas Nolan-Gosling told Collins, “These last six years, you’ve really helped us. You did a great job. Please pay us a visit.”

Collins will continue in the city manager’s office with other duties.

Among other aviation related jobs, Miller’s resume noted, has been airport safety and security coordinator at Tahoe, customer service assistant at Oxford (England) Aviation Training; acting director of airports/principal airport manager and assistant airport manager for San Diego County; operations and customer service agent for Alaska Airlines; customer service for Golden Gate Aviation; and a ferry pilot for Western Sun Aviation.

She is the president of Association of California Airports. She has a master of public administration and a bachelor’s degree in aviation management.

While at the Tahoe airport, she managed construction and planning projects such as reconstruction of the terminal ramp and airport master plan. She also has more than 12 years as a grant administrator and has obtained more than $50 million in federal and state grant funds for administrative and airport improvement projects.

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