After several months without a top official, the Troup County Airport Authority on Monday hired a new airport manager for the LaGrange-Callaway Airport.
Dodd Wynne, a LaGrange native, was hired with a unanimous vote by the now seven-member authority. His annual salary will be $48,500.
Wynne has a degree in aviation from Auburn University and has worked for the Airline Transport Professionals, or ATP, in the national flight school. He also was operations manager at the Lawrenceville Airport and worked with private charter company ImagineAir, also in Lawrenceville.
Wynne also has worked in other professions and currently manages a Chic-fil-a in Duluth, where he lives. He and his wife plan to move back to LaGrange, where he still has family.
Wynne said he is immediately planning to get his feet wet at the airport and re-establish himself in the community.
“I look forward to seeing the growth in the airport and hope to facilitate the growth (the authority) is expecting,” Wynne said.
Wynne takes the reigns of the airport after executive director Hope Macaluso left in October. A committee to find a replacement decided to look for an airport manager that could be more “hands on” at the airport.
The committee interviewed 12 candidates, then whittled the field down to two before selecting Wynne as the top candidate. Meg Kelsey, former authority member and head of the search committee, presented Wynne to the authority Monday for approval.
“We look forward to working with him and giving him the support he needs to do the job,” said authority member Joe Fagundes.