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Posted on: September 19, 2018


Photo of Richard Strickland, new Airports Director, at BOCC meeting in Key Largo-1

The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners today approved Richard Strickland as the new Director of Airports, a position that oversees Key West International and the Florida Keys Marathon International airports.

Strickland replaces Don DeGraw, who resigned in July 2018.

After a national search, Strickland was chosen from a pool of 97 applicants based on his extensive knowledge in all facets of Airport Management. He has extensive Strategic Planning and Capital Project Planning, the ability to understand and focus on customer service, and is an open communicator who will engage with staff and the community.

Strickland was recommended unanimously by all members of the Selection Committee of County Administrator Roman Gastesi, Employee Services Director Bryan Cook, Airport Manager Beth Leto and Key West Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Virginia Panico. The position was advertised extensively. The County hired ADK Consulting & Executive Search to assist in the hiring process.

Strickland has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, as well as 20 years of related experience in Airport Management. He most recently served for the past five years as Director of the Meadows Field Airport in Kern County, California.

Previously, he has worked at the San Diego International Airport as Manager of Aviation and Landside and at Detroit International Airport as Assistant Director of Aviation Services.

His starting salary is $155,000.

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