Air­port nar­rows public safety head search

It will in­ter­view the three fi­nal­ists af­ter ini­tially want­ing to choose on Thurs­day.


The Wilkes-barre/scran­ton In­ter­na­tional Air­port has nar­rowed its search for a new public safety direc­tor to three fi­nal­ists, an air­port of­fi­cial said.

The air­port board was sched­uled to ap­point a new public safety direc­tor at its meet­ing Thurs­day, ac­cord­ing to its agenda. The board de­cided to per­son­ally in­ter­view the fi­nal­ists, air­port Direc­tor Carl Beard­s­ley Jr. said.

Beard­s­ley de­clined to iden­tify them.

“We are de­ter­min­ing the in­ter­view times right now,” he said.

He does not know when the board will ap­point some­one, he said.

The air­port needs a new public safety direc­tor be­cause Gary Vogue re­signed as of

July 19 af­ter only 3½ months on the job. Vogue re­placed re­tired Ge­orge Bieber on April 3, but never quit his job as direc­tor of the state po­lice tac­ti­cal op­er­a­tions di­vi­sion as air­port of­fi­cials ex­pected. He worked both jobs un­til his res­ig­na­tion. In late July, the board ap­pointed Bieber as in­terim public safety direc­tor.

In other busi­ness, the board:

Heard Beard­s­ley say 7,396 peo­ple boarded flights out of the air­port in Au­gust, down 72.6% from Au­gust 2019. De­par­tures rose from 6,969 in July.

Heard air­port En­gi­neer­ing Direc­tor Stephen Myku­lyn re­port the re­con­struc­tion of the main air­port ac­cess road will be­gin next spring.

Awarded Thyssenkru­pp El­e­va­tor Corp. of Allentown a $159,753 con­tract to main­tain el­e­va­tors for the next three years. The com­pany sub­mit­ted the only valid pro­posal. Board Vice Chair­man Tim Mcginley ob­jected be­cause the pro­posal was much higher than the ap­prox­i­mately $104,000 charged by Kone Corp. the last three years. He fa­vored seek­ing new bids, but board mem­bers David Pedri, Jerry No­tar­i­anni, Chris Cher­mak and Lee Ann Mcder­mott voted to award the con­tract.

Hon­ored main­te­nance em­ployee Gene Orzello for 15 years of out­stand­ing ser­vice. Orzello started at the air­port Aug. 8, 2005, Beard­s­ley said.

Con­tact the writer: bkrawcze­niuk @timessham­; 570-348-9147; @Bo­rys­blogtt on Twit­ter

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