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Juneau Airport board honors Pete Carlson

Veteran boardmember is remembered for his service to the city and his accomplishments By MARK D. MILLER

Posted: September 13, 2012 - 11:06pm  |  Updated: September 14, 2012 - 11:17am

The Juneau International Airport’s board of directors remembered recently deceased member Pete Carlson at its Wednesday meeting.

Carlson, who died in Juneau on Sept. 3 at the age of 73, was reappointed to the board last year after previously serving on it from 1995 to 2007.

“He was our finance chair and a great impact on a lot of things that went on at the airport here,” said Airport Manager Jeannie Johnson Thursday.

Board member Ron Swanson described Carlson as a devoted member of the board.

“Pete was a good guy, he was good for aviation in many, many aspects of his life, and his loss will be felt,” Swanson said. “There’s no doubt about it.”

Assemblymember Ruth Danner, the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly’s liaison to the airport board, agreed.

“He made the airport a big part of his life, which made him a big part of the airport’s life,” said Danner.

The board paid tribute to Carlson at the meeting.

“They had an Alaska flag draped over where he sat with his nameplate and everything,” said Joe Heueisen, at his first meeting since being appointed to fill former member Tamara Cook’s seat last month.

Like Carlson, Heueisen also served on the airport board previously from 1995 to 2007 before successfully applying for reappointment.

“It’s nice to have Joe back on the board,” Johnson said. “He actually was appointed as the finance chair, because he’s had experience with that in the past.”

Heueisen said he and Carlson knew each other “ever since he came to town.” Carlson moved to Juneau in 1967, according to his Sunday obituary in the Juneau Empire.

“Pete and I and Ron Swanson were on the original board when it first started,” said Heueisen. “And all of us termed out. And Pete and Ron got back on the board about a year … ago.”

It was at Swanson’s suggestion that Heueisen was appointed to the chairmanship of the Finance Committee.

“He’s got a good business background. He’s been on the board for a long time,” Swanson said. “He seemed to be the most qualified to be on the finance and be the Finance Committee chair.”

Although Heueisen admitted he was reluctant to chair the committee after a five-year absence from the board, he said much of the work is done by staff, whom he praised as “tremendous.”

“They got it pretty nailed down,” said Heueisen. “They run a tight ship.”

For Danner, whose three-year term on the Assembly ends next month, it was her last meeting as airport board liaison.

“They gave me flowers,” said Danner. “It was the nicest thing.”

According to Danner, who also chairs the Assembly Human Resources Committee, the vacant seat on the board will be publicly advertised, and applicants will be interviewed by a full sitting of the Assembly as the Human Resources Committee at a special meeting before the Assembly selects and appoints a new member.

Danner added, “Because it’s an open seat, they will be appointed to fill it immediately, as soon as they’ve been selected.”

• Contact reporter Mark D. Miller at 523-2279 or at mark.d.miller@juneauempire.com.

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