Abele names new airport director

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele has named Terry Slaybaugh to the position of airport director at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee.

Slaybaugh replaces Barry Bateman, who retired in April. Abele’s office conducted a thorough national search and interview process to fill the position.

Slaybaugh is currently the director at Dayton International Airport in Dayton, Ohio. While serving in that role, he has driven an “aggressive” airport modernization capital program to help the travel hub remain fiscally sound, according to the county executive’s office.

 “In the almost four years I’ve been in office, I have been directly involved with hiring decisions for leadership in many departments because I know the most important factor in any organization’s success is its leadership,” Abele said.  “I’ve worked hard to bring to the county not just competence and experience, but the kind of drive and passion that consistently outperforms expectations.  Terry is no exception.  He’s a leader who enthusiastically shares my vision of making Mitchell a model for efficiency, customer service, aggressive and proactive engagement with the business community, and a strong strategic partner in economic development and planning.

“I want to thank deputy airport director Terry Blue who has been helping run Mitchell during this search; he’s done a great job.”

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