Pittsfield airport manager leaves for job in Beverly

PITTSFIELD — On runways, a "touch-and-go" happens when a plane briefly lands, then powers up for takeoff.

Gloria Bouillon stayed longer than that as manager of the Pittsfield Municipal Airport, but her departure after 16 months is the second time the facility has lost its leader in two years.

Bouillon recently left her job to become manager of the Beverly Regional Airport in Essex County, where she has replaced Robert Snuck, just as she did in Pittsfield.

Bouillon could not be reached for comment at her new post in Beverly.

But her appointment was listed right below the Pledge of Allegiance on the agenda for Monday's meeting of the Beverly Airport Commission.

Back in Pittsfield, the manager's position is now listed as "vacant" on the city's website.

As of Thursday, the city's personnel department had not posted an online help wanted notice. Bouillon was paid $58,204 a year.
Michael Taylor, the city's director of personnel, said Bouillon's last work day was June 26.

"We're still sorting through the next steps regarding the airport manager position," he said in an email, in response to questions.

Bouillon's departure comes amid a major reconstruction project at the 832 Tamarack Road facility.

The airport is using a $6.6 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to overhaul its main 5,791-foot runway, known as 8-26, which is at least 25 years old.

The job, to which the city and state are each contributing $300,000, will also remake the surface of the field's smaller 3,498-foot runway, installed more than three decades ago.

In an interview last year, Bouillon explained that the project will rebuild the runways to a depth of nearly a foot.

The level on parts of the smaller runway will be raised by as much as 2 1/2 feet to fix a line-of-sight problem that leaves pilots unable to see as far down the strip as FAA rules require.

J.H. Maxymillian of Pittsfield was the low bidder on the project.

In addition to overseeing the construction, which has closed runways since May, the Pittsfield Municipal Airport Commission is pursuing a solar-energy project and working to update its master plan.

When Bouillon joined the airport in late February 2017, she replaced Snuck, who had been in the post for less than a year.

After leaving the Pittsfield job, Snuck served as manager of the Beverly airport — meaning Bouillon has now followed him into two positions.

In her absence, the Pittsfield airport still has an administrator on board.

The airport panel in February hired Kristopher Keane as assistant manager.

Larry Parnass can be reached at lparnass@berkshireeagle.com, at @larryparnass on Twitter and 413-496-6214.


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