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BYU grad, experienced pilot is new GM at Truckee Tahoe Airport

Sun staff report

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The deputy city manager of Cottonwood Heights, Utah, will be the next general manager of the Truckee Tahoe Airport.

The airport Board of Directors announced Friday its selection of Kevin Smith to replace Dave Gotschall, who stepped down last fall. Smith, an experienced pilot, begins his new role on May 10.

and#8220;We are delighted that Kevin (Smith) will be joining our team at the Truckee Tahoe Airport,and#8221; said board President Sandy Korth in a press release. and#8220;His experience in public administration and community relations combined with his interest and love for aviation will provide the District with leadership and vision as we take ourselves to the next level in operational effectiveness and community responsibility.and#8221;

Smithand#8217;s experience includes work in the aviation industry, director of planning and economic development in Lindon, Utah, peace officer training and emergency management certification from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to the district.

He has a masters in geography with an emphasis in urban planning and natural resource management from Brigham Young University, and his mastersand#8217; thesis covered and#8220;Accounting for wildlife in the airport general planning process.and#8221;

Smith will move from Utah with his wife and three children.

and#8220;I am thrilled to accept this exciting and unique opportunity. I look forward to working with the community, pilots, board of directors, and airport staff toward the continued success of the airport district,and#8221; Smith said. and#8220;My family and I are eager to become a part of the Truckee Tahoe community,and#8221;

Another applicant, Doug Mansel, had previously accepted the position in March, but later changed his mind.

Phred Stoner, director of operations and maintenance, has been serving as the interim general manager.