Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Quad City International Airport (KMLI) begins search for new leadership

As it begins to search for a new aviation director at the Quad-City International Airport, the airport also is taking a closer look at the organization and duties of its existing staff.

The Rock Island County Metropolitan Airport Authority voted unanimously Tuesday to approve two contracts related to the airport's succession planning. The agreements included a contract with ADK Consulting & Executive Search to conduct the search for a new director to replace Aviation Director Bruce Carter. A month ago, he announced he will retire effective July 1 after 19 years at the airport.

Since then, the airport also was notified that Ken Carley, the assistant aviation director, has accepted a new position as the director of McKinney National Airport, a city-owned general aviation airport in McKinney, Texas. He will begin his new duties Feb. 5. His last day at the Quad-City Airport is Jan. 26, officials said.

Under the $34,900 contract, ADK will advertise the director position nationwide and accept applications through March 9. In late March, ADK will review the applicants and recommend finalists to the airport authority.

Calling the timeline "aggressive," Chairman Jim Bohnsack said the board will hold in-person interviews by the end of April and a new director is expected to be approved in May. "By the first of July, we'll have one ready to go," he said

Bohnsack added that the airport expects to wait to fill Carley's position until a new director is in place.

In addition, the board approved a contract with its consultant Trillion Aviation to conduct an analysis of the airport's existing job descriptions and roles, including the director and the assistant director. The contract is for up to $29,250.

"It's an opportunity to improve the organization through structural changes, which potentially could include job changes," said Roger Strandlund, the airport's attorney. 

He said Trillion's analysis is part of a business needs assessment being conducted as part of the search process. The two consultants will collaborate to develop an aviation director job description, that the airport authority must approve.

"It's an opportunity to see what we're doing right, and what we're not doing right," Bohnsack said of the analysis.

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