Okaloosa airports director to leave for Pensacola (DOCUMENT)

Published: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 04:06 PM.

Since then Donovan has overseen the terminal expansion, the opening of a Helen Back restaurant and the development of the USO center at Northwest Florida Regional.

Destin Airport and Bob Sikes Airport in Crestview also have seen similar successes.

Donovan also served as the acting head of the Tourist Development Council for several months last year after the TDC financing scandal erupted.

“Greg’s just been a phenomenal asset the years he’s worked here in Okaloosa County,” County Administrator Jim Curry said. “It’s not only (the) major advancements at our regional airport that are obvious, but we also have the Destin and the Bob Sikes Airport in Crestview, and all three of those facilities have grown significantly. My hat’s off to him. He’s done a really great job.”

Curry said the search for a new airports director could take four to six months. Advertisements for applicants could go out as early as next week.

Curry will appoint an interim airports director to oversee the department after Donovan leaves, but no decision on who that will be has been made yet.

Curry will retire sometime between May and October, and the search already is on for his replacement. Curry said it would make sense for the new county administrator to have a hand in choosing an airports director.



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