County OKs airport privatization |

County OKs airport privatization

County commissioners approved a two-year contract with an independent company to manage the Minden-Tahoe Airport.

ABS Aviation Management and airport manager Bobbi Thompson received glowing reviews from four residents associated with the airport on Monday.

Assistant County Manager Steve Mokrohisky said the county hired ABS when manager Keith Kallman left in spring.

Privatizing the airport will result in a savings of $50,000 a year over what the county is paying its employees.

Mokrohisky said the county went through the process to hire a new airport manager, but throughout the process people kept asking what the county had to do to keep Thompson.

Flying Start Aero owner John Brown said the new management and approval of the airport ordinance has him very optimistic about the airport.

“What they’ve achieved over the last seven to eight months is more than we’ve seen done in six years,” he said.

Mokrohisky told commissioners that two airport employees retired and another took a job with another airport.

ABS will have to keep 5.5 employees on staff, including the manager, an operations specialist, an accountant, two full-time maintenance personnel, and one half-time maintenance personnel.