A former airport director from Northern California has been named interim manager at the Martha’s Vineyard Airport, the vice chairman of the airport commission confirmed Tuesday.
Rod Dinger accepted the position this week and will begin work on Monday, March 7.
Following the resignation of both the manager and acting manager in the past three months, the airport commission had a quick search for a certified executive to operate the airport on an interim basis.
Commission vice-chairman Robert Rosenbaum was authorized to negotiate with and hire the interim manager. Mr. Dinger will be paid $11,000 per month, and with housing and a vehicle also provided.
Mr. Dinger was most recently the airport director for Redding, Calif., which has a population of about 91,000 and owns and manages two airports. He worked there for 25 years before retiring in December.
The Redding Municipal Airport is a 1,580-acre facility with two runways, serviced by one commercial airline. In 2012, the airport averaged more than 287 flight operations per day, more than twice the number of flight operations at the Vineyard airport in the same year.
Mr. Dinger also managed the construction of a $9.8 million remodeling and expansion of the airport terminal building, completed in 2014.
Mr. Rosenbaum said the Federal Aviation Administration and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division strongly recommended an interim manager with certification as an accredited airport executive.
“They were very clear that muddling through was not something they thought was appropriate,” Mr. Rosenbaum said. “We really didn’t think so either.”
Mr. Dinger will not be a candidate for the airport manager job.
Former Martha’s Vineyard Airport manager Sean Flynn was placed on paid administrative leave in September of last year. In December, Mr. Flynn resigned after 10 years on the job.
Last month acting manager Deborah Potter, who formerly served as assistant manager under Mr. Flynn, notified the commission she would also be stepping down, effective March 18.
Mr. Rosenbaum said a search committee is narrowing the field of candidates for the next airport manager with the help of a professional search firm specializing in airport executives. The search committee is scheduled to meet March 11, and he said the hope is to have a new manager in place by Memorial Day.
He also said he is hopeful that search will result in finding replacements for both management positions.
“The assumption is, some of the candidates should be qualified for the assistant manager’s position,” Mr. Rosenbaum said.
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