Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Long Beach airport director chosen

By Pamela Hale-Burns, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/10/2009 11:46:33 AM PST

LONG BEACH - There's a new airport director in town. Mario Rodriguez, an aviation expert with 20 years experience has been named director of the Long Beach Airport.

His experience includes being deputy director at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, where he was responsible for a staff of 186 and a $25 million annual operation budget.

Beginning Feb. 23, Rodriguez will oversee a staff of about 125 and an annual operation budget of about $28 million. Here his responsibilities will include airport operations, finances and leases, the Airport Noise Ordinance, community outreach and environmental matters.

"Mr. Rodriguez's exemplary background in the private and public sector provides him with a unique understanding of the industry, which will be an asset to the Long Beach community as he faces many significant challenges in his new role," said City Manager Patrick West. "We conducted a rigorous national recruitment and Mario stood out with the interview panel which included several community members. Simply put, we are very excited to have Mario join our team."

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