Richard McConnell, Boise’s Airport Director for the past four years, took off on an unknown heading Friday when it was announced he has left his job. No reason for his unscheduled flight was announced.
Word has it he hit turbulence with Team Dave and they effectively “canceled his ticket.” No word about whether or not his ticket is refundable or who will pay the baggage charges for his sudden on-time departure the day after the election. In short, “thanks for flying with us, but don’t let the cabin door hit you as you de-plane.”
We just love the disingenuous platitudes when the big guys get grounded. Here are the “official” statements released by Team Dave.
“Richard’s tenure will be remembered as a time of significant advancement for the Boise Airport,” Mayor Bieter said. “The passage of the recent constitutional amendment improving airport financing (HJR5), the retention of the TRACON landing system, the installation of the new customs office, the beautiful new airport entranceway and the upcoming parking expansion — all were successfully managed under Richard’s leadership.”
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my four plus years in Boise,” Director McConnell said. “I’m proud to say I leave the airport in better position than when I came in 2007. I have complete faith that the wonderful staff I leave behind will keep the airport on its same positive trajectory.”
Garry Beaty, the City’s current Director of Information Technology, will serve as interim airport director while the City conducts a search for new director.
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