Kevin Meikle was named Fresno's director of aviation, City Manager Bruce Rudd announced Tuesday.
A city employee for the past 24 years, Meikle has been interim director since last year, and served as assistant director from 2011 to 2012. Previously, he was airports planning and engineering manager.
As assistant director, Meikle supervised a number of major capital improvements, including runway reconstruction and updating Fresno Yosemite International Airport's baggage and handling system.
Over the last year, he has attracted new air service and implemented other improvements to both Chandler and Fresno Yosemite International Airport, the city said.
As aviation director, Meikle is responsible for management of Fresno Yosemite International Airport and Fresno Chandler Executive Airport.
Meikle earned a bachelors degree in architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. His annual salary will be $148,000. As an unrepresented city employee, his salary is subject to a 3% reduction.
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