Gloria Bouillon hired as new manager for Pittsfield Municipal Airport

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PITTSFIELD — For the first time in its nearly 85-year history, the Municipal Airport will be run by a woman.

Gloria Bouillon, currently an aviation planner in Denver, is expected to begin work at the end of the month, according to Airport Commission Chairman Christopher J. Pedersen.

Bouillon assumes the role, which will pay $58,204 annually, as a City Council subcommittee scrutinizes the airport's finances and after previous manager Robert Snuck resigned, citing an excessive workload.

Mayor Linda M. Tyer said she is excited to welcome Bouillon to the city.

"Gloria brings a depth of experience, including airport planning, along with other highly valuable technical skills to the position," she said in an email.

The commission's first choice for the role, she has about a decade of experience in the aviation industry, including her work as an aviation planner at Jviation Inc., in Denver.

She was among three finalists: Kelley Dinneen, of Bridgewater, and Leonard Nalbone, of Jamestown, N.Y., were the others.

While she holds a bachelor's degree in aviation management and is an Airport Certified Employee (ACE) in Airport Operations, Bouillon lacks managerial experience.

Dinneen and Nalbone both have management experience.

Pedersen said Bouillon's "hands-on" airport operations and planning experience was attractive to the commission.

"Operations is a big portion of what the city does," he said.

He singled out her knowledge of snow removal at Aspen/Pitkin County Airport in Colorado as being of particular importance here.

As a project planner, she has worked in a range of areas including airport design, capacity and delay, environmental policies and master plans, according to the resume she submitted to the city.

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Both airport runways are expected to be resurfaced this summer, and Pedersen said the commission hopes its master plan, created in 2001, will be updated this year.

"Her experience in that [master planning] will be able to help guide us and move us through that process," he said.

He explained the planning document is typically updated every seven to 10 years, but the Federal Aviation Administration and the state Department of Transportation denied funding for it while airport improvements were being made.

A City Council workgroup is studying airport operation and the city's long-term management options for the 832 Tamarack Road site, which opened in 1932. Its final report is expected in the coming weeks.

The airport's full budget this year is $203,296. Outside of salary, the three biggest budget items are utilities, $56,800, maintenance, $15,000, and janitorial work, $12,000.

Pedersen said the airport continues to investigate additional revenue sources, including a proposed solar array for a portion of the 325-acre property located between Tamarack Road, Barker Road and South Mountain Road — another project Bouillon would oversee.

He said he hopes to have a decision on a developer within the next two months. He added that several project bids are being reviewed and will be narrowed to three or four. Those developers will then be invited to make presentations.

Final interviews for the three candidates were held in-person in January with Pedersen, Tyer and some other members of the commission. Each candidate toured the airport after their interview, he said.

According to resumes submitted to the city, Dinneen spent 25 years as president of the now defunct King Aviation-Mansfield, and 23 years as Mansfield's assistant airport manager. (The company filed for bankruptcy in March 2016, according to Wicked Local Mansfield and the Sun Chronicle.)

Nalbone spent nine years as partner and general manager at Jamestown Aviation Co.

Pedersen said both Dinneen and Nalbone had more experience as Fixed Base Operators, FBO, a service which is provided at the airport by Lyon Aviation.

"It is a totally different kind of experience than our airport," Pedersen said.

Reach staff writer Carrie Saldo at 413-496-6221 or @carriesaldo.


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