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Wood County Airport Authority praises Kelly

Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport Manager Glen Kelly announced his retirement last month and during Monday’s Wood County Airport Authority meeting, airport officials expressed gratitude for his positive impact. (Photo by Candice Black)

WILLIAMSTOWN — Airport officials praised the outgoing manager during Monday’s Wood County Airport Authority as his retirement is set for next month.

Jackie Hall, who has worked at the airport for 25 years, said outgoing manager Glen Kelly was able to meet the challenges he faced during his four years in the position.

Hall worked with four different managers in her career at the airport, some of whom were present at Monday’s meeting and she said “they were all a pleasure. But this guy here has been handed (a lot) of stuff more than anybody in this room can imagine.”

Despite several changes in rules and regulations, Hall said Kelly was able to work through the changes and continue to improve the airport.

“This guy here has exceedingly helped this airport. This has been a rough four years dealing with rules and regulations. I’ve seen it all (and) we’ve had some really good managers,” she said.

Authority president Bill Richarson wished Kelly well at the meeting and thanked him for his dedication.

“We can’t thank you enough, word are not enough,” he said.

Kelly thanked the group for their comments and said he’s grateful for the completed projects and is hopeful for a few more which would include renovated bathrooms and a new airline counter.

During the meeting, Richardson also asked for a moment of silence to pay respects to a former airport manager and Contour official who have recently passed away from COVID-19.

In other airport business, Kelly reported 624 enplanements for the month of September which increased from 262 in Sept. of 2021. For the month of October 33,042 gallons of fuel were sold which is also an increase of 2,940 since last October.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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