Sunday, October 8, 2017

Ernest A. Love Field (KPRC) manager leaves quietly; Prescott on verge of filling position

Prescott Municipal Airport Manager John Cox quietly left his position in August, and now, the city manager said, new candidates are being interviewed.

Cox was hired in July 2014, and brought 20 years of aviation management and airport development experience at various-sized airports to the job.

He had most recently served as the design and construction manager at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, where he was responsible for managing more than $40 million in development annually.

On Thursday, Oct. 5, Cox said he’d left the job for family reasons.

“It was just a personal decision that my wife and I made. We still had our house down in Phoenix, and she was still working there, and it just got pretty difficult for her and I to keep in contact with each other,” he said. “Some weekends we saw each other, and some weekends we didn’t.”

But, Cox added, he enjoyed managing the airport.

“I loved Prescott. The stakeholders at the airport … I loved working with all of those stakeholders, and I think they’re just a first-class group of people.”

City Manager Michael Lamar said, “The assistant (airport) manager, Jessie Baker, has been handling things on a day-to-day basis. She hasn’t been named the interim (airport manager), but she’s quite capable and seems to be handling things on a day-to-day basis without much problem.”

Lamar said the city was interviewing candidate to fill the position now.

City Human Resources Director Mary Jacobsen said the number of potential candidates had “probably” been whittled down to two, but “we have not let other applicants know that they may or may not be in the running. It’s a very fluid process.”

Lamar declined to comment on Cox’s tenure as airport manager.

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