After eight years with the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport as aviation director, Dan Dickten is calling it quits.
He submitted his resignation this past week and Monday, the Western Reserve Port Authority’s Board of Directors accepted it.
John Moliterno, executive director of the Western Reserve Port Authority, said both the Board of Directors and Dickten knew his contract was up.
“He’s the one that gave us his letter of resignation to move on with his life and look for other opportunities,” Moliterno said.
Now that Dickten has resigned, Moliterno will take on the duties of director, but says he won’t be doing it alone.
“We also have a very good staff down here and at the airport who will all pitch in,” he said.
This means the hunt is on to fill Dickten’s shoes.
“We’ll be looking both in the Valley and within the larger aviation community,” Moliterno said.
Moliterno says bringing a new face on board is an opportunity to bring new conversation about where the airport is headed.
“We’re gonna look for someone who can bring us some new ideas about airport activities, revenue sources, dealing with airlines,” Moliterno said.
Much of that includes finding ways to get commercial airlines back and staying competitive with surrounding airports.
“Even though we have a very active live airport, we need commercial traffic for the people of the Mahoning Valley. We’re meeting with a couple of airlines as we speak,” he said
They don’t have a timeline of when they want the position filled, but Moliterno says hiring a new director is a small part of a bigger whole of rejuvenating the airport.