WILLIAMSTOWN - After six years as manager of the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport, Terry Moore is looking to move forward in his life.
"It's about that time," Moore said. "I've been here a while and it is time for a change."
Moore, 61, was hired in autumn 2006 after former airport manager Carolyn Strock announced her retirement and took over the position on Jan. 1, 2007.
"It's just time for me to do something else," Moore said. "I will be 62 in December and having been in the military, I'm used to changing jobs every three years, well, this job has been twice that."
Moore is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps and a helicopter pilot who lives in North Hills.
"I'm not sure exactly what I will do when the retirement happens, but there is time to figure it out," he said. "I'm not leaving tomorrow."
While Moore said he hopes to leave in the next couple of years, he gave the Wood County Airport Authority a target date of April 1, 2013.
"If that isn't met, that is fine; I am willing to stay a couple of years," Moore said.
Moore said he wants to give the airport authority enough time to put together a list of qualifications and other requirements for his replacement.
"I like the airport and want to see it succeed," he said.
"Mine is not an imminent departure but I think the board needs to formulate what they are looking for and what is needed."
Bill Richardson, president of the Wood County Airport Authority, said it may be difficult to find someone to fill the position.
"The question is to keep the search local or look out side of the area," Richardson said. "We're going to have to talk about that."
No matter what is going on with the airport's tight finances and changes that have occurred since Moore became manager six years ago, Moore said that is not a deciding factor in his retirement.
"I think it will be good for the airport to have a fresh perspective and new blood," Moore said.
When the board will begin its search for a new director hasn't been determined.