Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Petition calls for airport board shake-up: Bridgeport Municipal Airport (KXBP), Wise County, Texas

A petition has been filed with the city of Bridgeport requesting the removal of Airport Board President Gaylon Rice and board member Butch Baker.

The petition, obtained by the Messenger through an open records request, alleges Rice and Baker are in violation of six rules or restrictions of the board, including “conflict of interest,” “questionable ethics,” “term lengths,” “decisions that are not in the best interest of the airport,” “favoritism of certain people” and “non FAA approved operations.”

Eighteen signatures are on the petition, but four individuals wrote notes indicating their signatures pertain to “Gaylon only.”

Dean Love, who filed the petition, did not return a call for comment by press time Tuesday.

Rice offered no comment when contacted by the Messenger Tuesday. Baker did not return a call for comment.

City Manager Jesica McEachern said Tuesday the city council was aware of the petition but added the document holds no legal merit. The council has the authority to appoint and remove members of the board, she said, and the petition will likely be considered by the council at a future meeting.

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