Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Glynn Commission Upset at Speed of Hiring Airport Chief; Board Picks Brian to Replace Himself until a New Director Is Hired

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Glynn Commission Upset at Speed of Hiring Airport Chief; Board Picks Brian to Replace Himself until a New Director Is Hired

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Byline: Terry Dickson

BRUNSWICK | A day after the Glynn County Airport Commission voted to name Steve Brian its interim director, the panel's chairman spent part of his day mollifying county commissioners who wanted Brian gone.

Brian resigned last month after a string of complaints from tenants of the county's Brunswick and St. Simons Island airports. But with a $12 million Federal Aviation Administration grant hanging in the balance, Chairman Bill Brunson said the Airport Commission decided it should keep Brian until a permanent replacement is found.

County Commission Chairwoman Mary Hunt said she was displeased that the Airport Commission had not moved immediately to replace Brian.

"I think myself and a lot of other commissioners over two weeks ago said the Airport Commission's top priority was to find an executive director. They just took action on that [Monday,]'' Hunt said.

Hunt said she told Brunson as much the day after Brian announced his resignation, which is effective April 12.

In addition to naming Brian the interim director, the Airport Commission voted Wednesday to begin advertising for a replacement.

The Airport Commission vote to pay for advertising was just the most recent action, Brunson said.

"We started immediately looking for people. The day after Steve resigned, we called the FAA looking for qualified people,'' he said.

The Airport Commission accepted some resumes and forwarded them to the FAA for its opinion based on the applicants' experience and background, and the agency said four of them were not qualified, Brunson said. Getting FAA approval is essential because the agency won't hand over the grant unless it has someone it trusts in place to administer it, he said.

In a letter, the FAA said, "Mr. Brian's experience comes at an unfortunate time,'' and described him as "dedicated, capable and extremely experienced."

The FAA said it would look favorably on Brian remaining until issues with the grant are addressed. …

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