Long-timeAspen/Pitkin County Airport Director Jim Elwood has announced his resignation to take a job as Airport Director at Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Elwood plans to remain in his current position through the end of August.
“I am proud of what we’ve accomplished at the airport over the past 13 years,” Elwood said. “I am confident that the strong team of professional airport staff that we’ve developed over the years will successfully work through the challenges that lay ahead.”
While Elwood’s resignation comes at a critical time of future planning for the entire airport operation, his departure will not impact the progress of Phase III of the Future Air Service Study now underway. During the national search for Elwood’s replacement, current Assistant Directors of Aviation Administration and Operations, Brian Grefe, and Dustin Havel, will report to County Manager Jon Peacock as they temporarily step into the Airport Director’s role.
“His are big shoes to fill but Pitkin County is committed to working with our community partners in securing strategic air service options in the changing air carrier environment,” Peacock said. “It will be tough finding someone with the passion and dedication for our airport that Jim has exemplified during his time with Pitkin County. His work at the local, state and national level on behalf of our airport has helped us accomplish much and will endure as we forge ahead with plans to ensure our airport’s success into the future,” Peacock said.
The highlights of his tenure in Pitkin County include: the adoption in 2004 of the first Airport Master plan in 20 years, and resolving runway extension issues here. Other highlights include serving as Chair of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) during which he testified about small airport issues before a congress in Washington, D.C. Elwood is a career airport professional having worked as an executive in airports for the past 22 years. Prior to coming to Aspen he was Director of the Eagle County Regional Airport in Eagle, Colorado. Elwood is also one of 500 professionally accredited airport executives in the country. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management with a minor in business.
”While this is an important career move for me and not far from my roots in the aviation industry, I want to sincerely thank the community for its support, interest, and involvement in the airport over the years as we strived to be the airport the community wanted us to be,” Elwood said.