Sunday, February 19, 2017

Commission approves Darke County Airport (KVES) manager’s resignation

DARKE COUNTY – Darke County Commissioners will be seeking a new airport manager.

On Monday, Feb. 13, commissioners approved a letter of resignation submitted last Friday from long-time facility manager Dave Spillers. Spillers’ last day will be March 31.

“He had talked about retiring in 2017, but we didn’t know what date,” John Cook, county business administrator said. Spillers had worked as the airport manager for 23 years, Cook said. Prior to the county purchasing the airport, the facility was owned by the Spillers family.

Former Governor James Rhoades mandated each county have an airport, and the Spillers’ facility was the natural choice, commissioners explained.

Spillers said Monday afternoon he was “just gonna sit back and retire. I’ve got other things to do. No problems, just thought it was time.”

What’s next as far as filling the manager’s position will be discussed during the airport advisory meeting, set for 4 p.m. Feb. 27 at the airport.

“We’ll be talking to the advisory board,” explained Commissioner Mike Rhoades, “and get their suggestions on” how to proceed.

At the Feb. 27 meeting, Rhoades said, a job description for the manager’s position most likely will be discussed. It is still unclear whether commissioners will advertise for someone to replace Spillers or if the advisory board will have other suggestions.

One option would be to appoint an interim manager until a replacement is approved, Rhoades said. “The advisory board suggests what they would like to see,” he said

What is clear, commissioners say is the airport is in the process of growing in order to attract new business opportunities to the county. The new manager will be asked to assist with the commission’s plan for growth, Rhoades said.

Plans are continuing with the expansion of the runway in order for larger planes filled with fuel to have room for take-off, Rhoades said, as well as other improvements around the facility.

As part of the contract with Spillers, a house trailer he had resided in, which is located on airport property, must be moved by March 31. Spillers said it would be moved to his new home he’s building on Chase Road.


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