Deputy director at airport tapped for top job


Published: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 12:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 12:02 p.m.

Allan Penksa is getting an on-the-job interview to be chief executive of the Gainesville Regional Airport.

The airport authority last week approved a contract with Penksa to be acting chief executive. Penksa was previously deputy executive director and chief operations officer in Gainesville.

He takes control of day-to-day operations from Rick Crider, the former CEO who leaves Feb. 17 for another job. At that point, Penksa becomes interim chief executive for 90 days.

The authority will use the time period to decide if Penksa will be hired for the job or an outside candidate will be pursued.

Penksa said he's comfortable running the airport before knowing whether he'll be able to stay in the position.

"I certainly would like the job but I have no preconceived notions," he said.

He will receive a base salary of $115,000 in the acting and interim positions. He's been with the airport since April 2003, initially serving as director of facilities and maintenance.

For more on this story, read Thursday's edition of The Gainesville Sun.

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