City looking for new airport manager |

City looking for new airport manager

— The city of Steamboat Springs is looking for a new airport manager to replace Chris Cole, who has landed a new job as an aviation planner in Alaska.

Cole managed the city’s airport for just over a year.

“It’s been great,” Cole said of his yearlong tenure as airport manager here. “I met a lot of great people, and hopefully, I did a lot of great things for the airport. I really enjoyed it.”

Cole said the job opportunity at DOWL in Anchorage was too good to pass up.

As an aviation planner, Cole said he would help plan for things like airport expansions.

Cole’s short tenure in Steamboat was marked by a number of accomplishments.

Last year, he helped Classic Lifeguard find a home for a new medical helicopter at the airport.

Cole then worked with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Chamber Resort Association to add aerobatic flights to the Wild West Air Fest for the first time.

He also took pride in giving tours of the airport to local students.

Cole will leave the airport on March 27.

The city has initiated a nationwide search for a new manager.

Public Works Director Chuck Anderson said the city wants to hire someone quickly because there are a number of significant construction projects slated for the airport this summer.

These include the realignment of a taxiway, the rehabilitation of a taxilane and the fog sealing and restriping of the runway.

The city is accepting applications for the airport manager position through March 19.

The advertised salary for the position ranges from $58,933 to $81,351 depending on experience.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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