DOT official named new Juneau airport manager

Johnson to oversee about $50 million in upcoming projects

Posted: Wednesday, June 03, 2009

A senior airport leasing officer for the state transportation department will be the new manager at Juneau International Airport.

The Juneau Airport Board named Jeannie Johnson, a former Juneau Assembly member who now lives and works in Anchorage, to the post Tuesday.

Johnson and former state DOT commissioner Mike Barton were the two finalists interviewed from an initial field of 36 candidates.

Johnson will replace Dave Palmer, who had been in the post for three years and had been Juneau's city manager. She will begin in mid-July and earn an annual salary of $96,000.

"We liked Jeannie's charisma, enthusiasm for the job," said airport board chairman Jerry Godkin.

The board had offered Palmer an extended break to try to retain him, but Palmer was set on retiring and moving down south to spend time with his wife and children, Godkin said.

Godkin said the new manager's challenges will be to oversee some $50 million in airport projects in the works over the next five years and maintaining good relations with tenants and officials with airport interests from the local to federal government level.

Palmer's last day is Friday. Deputy Airport Manager Patty deLaBruere will fill in during the gap.

The airport is a city-owned enterprise, but run semi-autonomously by its own board and managers. The Juneau Assembly appoints airport board members.

• The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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