Interim director named for Burlington Airport
BURLINGTON — A new interim director has been named for Burlington International Airport.
Mayor Miro Weinberger announced the appointment Friday of Gene Richards, airport commission chairman. He said Richards would act as director for the remainder of the year, while a new commission scrutinizes airport finances and creates a strategic plan.
Richards’s appointment and a new commission resolution go to the City Council for its approval on Monday.
Richards would replace Bob McEwing, who has acted as director since Brian Searles left the post in 2010 to become Secretary of Transportation for Gov. Peter Shumlin.
McEwing returns to his position as airport planning and development director.
The airport’s credit rating was slashed in 2010 because its cash balance in the city’s cash pool disappeared after money was used to help Burlington Telecom.