Hunter gets nod as airport chief

From staff and wire reports

June 13, 2007 at 2:00 pm  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

The New Orleans Aviation Board voted to name Interim Director of Aviation Sean C. Hunter permanent in the position as Director of Aviation at the New Orleans International Airport effective immediately.

Hunter, 41, has been serving as the Interim Director of Aviation since May 2006 when Roy Williams left the Airport to pursue other career opportunities.

ďSean has been doing a tremendous job and we felt that he was the best candidate for the position,Ē stated Lea Polk Montgomery, chairperson of the personnel committee that made the recommendation to the full board.

Hunterís salary will be negotiated and brought back to the Board for consideration at a future meeting. In the meantime, Hunter will continue to earn the annual salary of $150,719 that was approved for the Interim Director.

A native of Detroit, Michigan with twenty years of experience in aviation, Hunter began his career as a Naval Air Traffic Controller. He quickly rose through the military ranks and was honorably discharged in 1992. Hunter was immediately hired as an airport operations officer with the Atlantic City International Airport.

Following a brief time in Atlantic City, Hunter joined the New Orleans Aviation Board in July of 1995. During his tenure at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, Hunter rapidly ascended through the ranks to the position of executive assistant to the director of aviation, where he was responsible for advising the director and making recommendations on all issues pertaining to social, economic, political, and operational matters governing the Airport.

Hunter was promoted to deputy director of operations and maintenance of the airport in December 1999.

Hunter accepted responsibility for two additional executive level vacancies due to sudden retirements. Those positions were deputy director of safety and security and disadvantaged business enterprise liaison Officer. He accepted those responsibilities without additional compensation.

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