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New Columbus airport director named

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Richard Howell will become director of Columbus Airport starting in October, the Columbus Airport Commission announced Friday.

Howell has over 20 years’ experience in the airport industry, according to the airport commission. Starting October 1, he will serve as the chief executive officer, responsible for the overall management and administration. He will plan, direct and coordinate the work of staff personnel, and administer policies and directives of the commission.

 “I am really looking forward to working with a group that is truly operating a full-service airport, with a real partnership between the [airport], police, fire and restaurant services," Howell says in a news release.

Howell holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and has specialized training as an Airport Security Coordinator. He is also a private pilot licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration. For twelve years, Howell served in the United States Air Force as a Master Sergeant. He previously managed airport properties in other parts of the country.

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