Airport retains recruiting firm: General manager search begins second round |

Airport retains recruiting firm: General manager search begins second round

To begin the second round of searching for a new general manager, the Truckee Tahoe Airport District board of directors obtained the help of a recruiting firm in their meeting last Thursday.

The board voted unanimously to obtain the services of Ralph Andersen and Associates, a recruiting firm that specializes in special districts and airports.

Board member Barbara K. Northrop was absent for the meeting.

“I don’t believe the conversation will change with Barbara because she was not here to listen to the presentations … I think we ought to move ahead,” board member Ken Foster said Thursday.

Heather Renschler, chief executive officer and president for Sacramento-based Ralph Andersen and Associates, will lead the search with David Porter, a specialist in marketing candidate profiles.

The company, which has placed airport officials at the Los Angeles World Airport and Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, plans to recruit eight to 10 candidates for the airport district. The cost of the recruitment service will not exceed $22,500.

The board postponed the selection process for a new vice president. Donald A. Bedard, the current vice president, will replace Foster as president as determined by airport board policy. Northrop, who is scheduled to become the next vice president, was not present to accept or decline the responsibility.

The board also postponed discussions on updates to hangar lease agreements and salary ranges.

The board did discuss the responsibility of airport rescue and fire fighting first response, which Interim General Manager Phred Stoner stated was the responsibility of emergency crews, not airport staff.

Truckee Fire Protection District Chief Mike Terwilliger spoke at the meeting, and assured the board that the responsibility for emergency response lies with designated emergency crews, and always has.

“(Chief Terwilliger) also wanted to verify that the airport maintains operations when they are on an incident,” Stoner said.

Water Superintendent Ed Taylor from the Truckee Donner Public Utility District addressed the board regarding negotiations over the possibility of drilling test holes for water on airport property.

“That’s one area of consideration,” Taylor said earlier this week.

“There are other areas too, and our hydrologists are looking at those now.”

Taylor added that an agreement has not been finalized. The airport board will reconvene to discuss an agreement at a later date.

The next board meeting will take place Dec. 14, although an unconfirmed special meeting may take place on Friday, Dec. 1.

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