20 applicants for airport director position

The help wanted sign is hanging on the door of the Quincy Regional Airport and city officials hope to fill the position by the end of the month.

The position the city is advertising is for the airport director.

Since 2009, the city has placed an "interim" title on a variety of other city department heads to oversee the airport.

The airport is a good mixture of private, commercial and business aviation flights. After four years of interim directors overseeing operations, an opinion from the Federal Aviation Administration spurred the full-time search.

"Interims will get you by in the meantime, but we need somebody who can look at the long-term growth of our airport. You know, our airport is so essential, not only for our passengers that utilize it to go to St. Louis with Cape Air, but our business community as well," Mayor Kyle Moore said.

Moore said it makes sense for the city to hire a full-time director. He said the hire fits into his long-term plan - someone who can look at the airport and its system and plan for growth 10 to 20 years down the road.

"But also with a background of managing who can look at things and say, what are other airports that have grown in the last five years, what are they doing? And maybe we missed out on here in Quincy by not having a manager," Moore said.

Moore added the city had approximately 20 applicants for the position - some from within the city, some from out of state. The starting salary for the position will depend on qualifications of the person eventually hired.

The last full time airport director was Mark Hanna, who resigned in 2009 to take a similar position with the Abraham Lincoln Airport in Springfield.